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Sunday, July 2, 2023

My Thoughts - Pirate and Penguin, by Mike Allegra


Arrr, me hearties! Hoist the virtual anchor and join us on a jolly journey with the tale of Pirate & Penguin by author Mike Allegra and talented illustrator Jenn Harney! This swashbuckling adventure is sure to give you plenty of laughs and giggles with a witty tale and bright illustrations.

Pirate and Penguin: Book Cover

“An amusing romp that will have landlubbers and scurvy sea dogs alike giggling.”

Kirkus Reviews

To learn more, follow along on the virtual book tour and enter the giveaway below for the chance to win a three-book prize pack, including Pirate & Penguin.

About the Book

Pirate and Penguin: Book Cover

Pirate & Penguin

Written by Mike Allegra

Illustrated by Jenn Harney

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Page Street Kids (2023) | ISBN-13: 9781645677123

Publisher’s Book Summary: What happens when a pirate, hoping for a parrot, stumbles upon a bird of a duller plumage?

Pirate doesn’t know that Penguin is a penguin. But any bird can sit on a shoulder and squawk “shiver me timbers”…right?

Laugh along with Pirate and Penguin in this high seas tale of mistaken identity and find out whether they’ll find friendship before somebody walks the plank.

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About the Author

Mike Allegra sailed into uncharted writing waters to create an all-dialogue story with an unexpected pirate character: a little dotty, well-meaning, and unusually patient (anyone would snap if a penguin trashed their ship and spit out their cracker). He’s written a number of other books for children, including Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles (Page Street Kids) and Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist (Sourcebooks). He also works as an editor and a creative writing teacher.

Visit his website at and say, “Ahoy!”

Mike Allegra: Author Headshot

About the Illustrator

Jenn Harney had a blast creating the art for this story because who doesn’t love pirates and penguins? Together at last! She’s illustrated many other children’s books, including Hornswoggled! (Page Street Kids), and even authored a couple as well. She lives in Ohio with her family and their corgi named Steve.

Visit her online at

Jenn Harney: Illustrator Headshot

About the Publisher

Page Street Publishing Co. publishes nearly one hundred and fifty original titles a year and is distributed by Macmillan everywhere except Canada, where Manda does the sales and PGC handles the distribution. Each year we try to help local environmental causes and donate a small portion of our profits to local charity groups, including The Trustees. We use only sustainable paper vendors and print with environmentally-friendly, soy-based ink. Page Street Publishing Co. was founded in 2012 and is located just outside of Boston.

For more information, visit

My Thoughts

Pirates and Penguin is written by Mike Allegra. This story is recommended for ages 4-8. However, it's a fun children's book that all will enjoy. A pirate who is on the search for a parrot - but finds a penguin instead. However, the pirate tries to make the penguin act like a parrot, including having him eat crackers. The penguin does not like the crackers and spits them out - which causes the pirate to get upset and make the penguin walk the plank.

I read this story with my 10 year old. He loved the pictures and the story. Thank you to the author, publisher and Children's Book Review for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.

Pirate & Penguin Virtual Book Tour Dates

Monday, June 19, 2023
The Children’s Book Review
Pirate & Penguin Book Tour Kick-Off
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
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Book Review of Pirate & Penguin
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Me Two Books
Book Activity Paired with Pirate & Penguin
Thursday, June 22, 2023
The Momma Spot
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Friday, June 23, 2023
The Fairview Review
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Monday, June 26, 2023
Twirling Book Princess
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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
A Blue Box Full of Books
Book Review of Pirate & Penguin and Little Free Library Drop
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Cover Lover Book Review

Author Interview with Mike Allegra
Thursday, June 29, 2023
The Review Wire
Book Review of Pirate & Penguin
Friday, June 30, 2023
My Reading Getaway
Author Interview with Mike Allegra
Monday, July 3, 2023
Because I Said So
Book Review of Pirate & Penguin
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Writer with Wanderlust
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Thursday, July 6, 2023
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Friday, July 7, 2023
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Monday, July 10, 2023
Crafty Moms Share
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Tuesday, July 11, 2023
One More Exclamation
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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

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Pirate & Penguin Book Giveaway

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