'The Littlest Pirate King'
Published on Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 9:24am
I'm not terribly sure what to make of this book. I like that. I don't really understand what the author is trying to say. In that way, I suppose this book is rather poetic. One side of me feels like it's a morality tale, while the other side sees it as a morbid horror story. Yes, the pirates are murderous fiends, but they're murderous fiends who grapple with morality, ethics and spirituality.
The pirates' dilemma is centered on a baby found drifting in the debris of a ship they've just ravaged. Murdering the adults on board was no problem, but the baby poses several questions. Should they kill him? Perhaps he can be allowed to grow older, then when he is a young child, they can kill him. Maybe he'd be cursed for all eternity and provide them with hours of joy and laughter. Or, maybe he'd just die like the rest.
Here's where the pirates' decisions get complicated. If they kill the baby, its possible that the gods will increase their curse ... prolonging their suffering. If they send the child to be with the living, they may be forfeiting any hope of happiness for themselves and the child, as he has come to love his un-dead shipmates. Is sending the child to be with the living an act of selflessness or selfishness?
I certainly don't know the answer. And I'm definitely not going to say what happens or how I feel about it. You'll have to read the book and come to your own decision. Check out The Littlest Pirate King by David B. in your neighborhood library's Teen Space.