The Big Book of Pirates

Joan and Albert Vinyoli, illus. by Xos%C3%A9 Tom%C3%A1s. Sterling, $12.95 (112p) ISBN 978-1-4027-8056-1
First published in Spain, this collection features abridged stories by Joseph Conrad, Howard Pyle, Daniel Defoe, and others. Vivid descriptions should capture readers' interest: "Captain Sharkey looked like a corpse. He was thin and balding with filmy blue eyes reddened by hate and sea salt," writes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Blighting of Sharkey. Tomás matches the grisly, mysterious, and sometimes humorous tone of the stories with gestural pirate caricatures in an appealing inky, graphic-novel style. Selections with supernatural leanings (for example, The Frozen Pirate by W. Clark Russell) and high-action descriptions should especially engage reluctant readers. Ages 9–12. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/06/2011
Release date: 03/01/2011
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