P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Tween boy hunts killers in funny, violent Wild West saga.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 10+

Hilarious, with lots of violence ( what can you expect from a Wild West Civil War-era book) and a smattering of gore

This book is highly educational, as you get to see the world through the eyes of 12-year-old P.K.Pinkerton. One of his penchants in "his" writing is thinking about what he is going to say and then saying the exact same thing (a running gag in the series). Granted, there is quite a bit of violence (barroom shootouts, stabbings, shootings, falls to death in a mine, a girls throats slit) and some gory detail (Whittling Walt cuts off a mans pinky finger, with some blood, and there is talk about him whittling pieces off of victims while they're still alive, and while quoting Walt Whitman). There are repeated references to Soiled Doves, and some sneaky innuendos, including a mention of two people bouncing on a bed (P.K. doesn't understand and proceeds to say that his mother wouldn't be proud of them breaking the bed. Some laughs there). He mentions people swearing, though he writes it with dashes. Overall, a great book, that produces lots of belly laughs, but some iffy stuff (though the violence is mostly cartoonish, with bonks on the head by frying pans, for example).

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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