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It is glorious to be a pirate king--especially in this full-bodied collection of eleven classic stories and poems by such masters as Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. M. Barrie, Washington Irving, and John Masefield. In his dramatic illustrations Michael Hague takes readers to a faraway world filled with adventure, excitement--and danger.

Imagine that you are an orphaned boy watching a trio of fierce pirates burying treasure on a deserted beach. Or a nervous skipper on a long ocean journey, hoping against hope that a dreaded pirate captain is finally captured. Or a reformed pirate who has taken up knitting and then has a memorable slip from his peaceful ways.

Hush--the moon is shimmering on the blue-black sea, and a ragged ship sails silently into sight. Slip aboard--no walking the plank for you! With Michael Hague at the helm, you just might glimpse such legendary characters as Long John Silver, Captain Hook--even Captain Kidd himself!--in this heady mixture of tales from the time when pirates ruled the seas.

Synopsis:

Talk about style! Ashley and I were invited to a cool costume party at the house of a famous mystery writer, Fiona O'Leary. We couldn't wait to hit the ballroom for the big 1920s dance contest.

The whole flap started when Fiona's adored cat disappeared. And everyone thought our dog Clue dunnit! Ashley and I were sure our pooch was framed. But we'd have to prove it — or Olsen and Olsen could end up Clue-less!

Synopsis:

Adventure abounds in this collection of stories and poems about swashbuckling pirates by such masters as Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. M. Barrie, Washington Irving, and others. Full-color illustrations.

About the Author

Michael Hague has illustrated a number of classic children's tales, including Peter Pan and The Velveteen Rabbit. His other much-loved books include The Book of Dragons,seventeen tales of the mythical beast; Sleep, Baby, Sleep,a collection of lullabies and night poems; The Rainbow Fairy Book,thirty-one classic fairy tales edited by Andrew Lang; and The Perfect Present. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In His Own Words...

"I was born in Los Angeles on September 8, 1948. To me, Los Angeles was the most perfect place for a future children's book artist to grow up: Its combination of fantasy and freeways made it fertile ground for my child' s imagination to explode. Now, of course, it is a large, bustling city, but back then it was just a small bedroom community with lots of potential and a great tar pit.

"My mother, who is British and attended art school in London, gave me my first art lesson. She also gave me a wonderful set of colored pencils. The pencils came in a cardboard box decorated with the vision of the Venus de Milo.

"In addition to my exposure to fine art, my mother nurtured in me a love for books. Her childhood picture books impressed me so much that at an early age I knew exactly what I wanted to be--a baseball player. Fortunately, my inability to hit a curve ball determined that I rediscover my true vocation, book illustration.

"I graduated from high school in 1966. I did this and that for a couple of years before entering the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where I graduated with honors. While attending Art Center I met my wife of twentythree years, Kathleen Burdick, a painting major. We fell in love and got married and finished school. I began sending out art portfolios to every publisher I could find an address for, desperately trying to get work as a book illustrator.

"My first book was published by Hallmark Cards in 1975. It was a pop-up version of Gulliver in Lilliput. It is very rare. If you happen to come across a copy that is reasonably priced, let me know.

"Since then I have lived what seems to be a charmed life. I have three wonderful children who are not only bright and witty but truly beautiful to look at. Probably every father says the same thing, but in my case it is absolutely true. I also have three cats, two large dogs, a bird, and a car that drives in the snow, and I live in a pink house.

"The very best thing I have is my work, which enables me to be like Peter Pan and never grow up. Being able to make pictures for all the books that were my childhood friends is like being in Never-Never Land. I not only paint fairy tales; I get to live one. I would like to give special thanks to three people: my mother, for encouraging me to be an artist, my grandfather, for his wonderful and ridiculous lies that brightened my days, and last but not least, Minnie Minoso, my favorite ball player, who always tried to take the extra base."

Table of Contents

"Oh, better far to live and die," from The pirates of Penzance / Gilbert and Sullivan — From The master of Ballantrae / Robert Louis Stevenson — Captain Sharkley, How the Governor of Saint Kitt's came home / Arthur Conan Doyle — "The island come true," from Peter Pan / J.M. Barrie — "The rebels-convict," from Captain Blood / Rafael Sabatini — A ballad of John Silver / John Masefield — "The reformed pirate" / Frank Stockton — The female smuggler / collected by W.B. Whall — Wolfert Webber, or Golden dreams / Washington Irving — Lyrics from The Buccaneer / John Masefield — "Tom Chist and the treasure box," from the Tales of pirates and buccaneers / Howard Pyle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688140038
Author:
Hague, Michael
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
by Michael Hague
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 14
Publication Date:
October 2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.32x8.41x.70 in. 1.57 lbs.
Age Level:
100

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Product details 160 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780688140038 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Talk about style! Ashley and I were invited to a cool costume party at the house of a famous mystery writer, Fiona O'Leary. We couldn't wait to hit the ballroom for the big 1920s dance contest.

The whole flap started when Fiona's adored cat disappeared. And everyone thought our dog Clue dunnit! Ashley and I were sure our pooch was framed. But we'd have to prove it — or Olsen and Olsen could end up Clue-less!

"Synopsis" by , Adventure abounds in this collection of stories and poems about swashbuckling pirates by such masters as Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. M. Barrie, Washington Irving, and others. Full-color illustrations.
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