Amazing Kids! Magazine

Book Review of Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent

By Bill Peet
Reviewed by Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief
Recommended for all ages, reading level ages 9 – 12


Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent is about a sea serpent named Cyrus who is too kind to sink ships and eat their passengers. That is what sea serpents are supposed to do, right? A shark accuses Cyrus of being a coward because he won’t sink any ships. It makes Cyrus doubt himself, so he almost agrees to attack a ship. At the last minute he looks deeply into himself and feels confident enough to be himself, and does the right thing. The book by Bill Peet includes wonderful illustrations that bring out the personality in all the characters. Bill Peet is a masterful storyteller who weaves a light-hearted tale with humor and wit.

This is one of my favorite books that my mother would read to me when I was little. Even today I can pick up this book and count on it giving me a warm feeling inside, and lending me strength to do what I believe to be right. I would recommend this book because it lets kids know that being true to one’s self is more important than giving in to peer pressure. Cyrus teaches us that helping others gives a satisfaction that outweighs any happiness perceived to exist by fitting in with the crowd. Cyrus is kind and in the end shows us what real courage is – the courage to be the real you. Even the passengers on the ship teach us that hope and faith can tackle any obstacle – at least while Cyrus is around.

You can find this book at your local library or you can purchase it on Amazon.