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Walker Bean never wanted to be a high-seas pirate waging a pitched battle against the forces of the deep. It just worked out that way.

Mild, meek, and a little geeky, Walker is always happiest in his grandfathers workshop, messing around with his inventions. But when his beloved grandfather is struck by an ancient curse, it falls on Walker to return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it—and his path will be strewn with pirates, magical machines, ancient lore, and deadly peril.

Author/illustrator Aaron Renier brings everything he has to this swashbuckling adventure story. Drawing from sources as disparate as Tintin, Treasure Island, and Harry Potter, Renier has woven together a breathless tale that will leave readers ears ringing from the cannon-shot and their eyes dazzled from the glowing stares of sea-witches.

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"This rip-roaring tale of swashbuckling adventure from the Eisner Award — winning Renier offers up a story line and art of equally intriguing depth. It is colonial times, and Walker Bean must help his grandfather, who's been cursed by a pair of witchy undersea lobster-women named Tartessa and Remora, by returning a magical skull to the mysterious Mango Islands. Stowing away on a ship, Walker teams up with a dog named Perrogi (obviously drawn with the affection of a dog lover), a boy named Shiv, and a tough-talking girl named Genoa. Renier's dynamic drawings are rich in detail; readers will get lost in the winding streets of colonial towns, island hideaways, natural history collections, exuberant panoramas of action. Renier lets his imagination lead the way, throwing maps and illustrated clues throughout this seafaring world, and setting up all manner of surprises and danger for Walker. A pleasure from beginning to end. Ages 9 — 14. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Mild, meek, and a little geeky, Walker Bean is happiest in his grandfather's workshop. But when his beloved grandfather is struck by an ancient curse, it falls on Walker to return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it.

About the Author

Aaron Renier s illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of places, including an entire city bus—turning it into a moving aquarium. His first graphic novel is Spiral Bound; this is his second. He lives in Chicago.

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GraphicLady, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by GraphicLady)
Graphic novels are books too! And this is a great one. This graphic novel has it all--amazing art and design, an original and exciting story, and suitable for younger readers while still being engaging enough for adults.

Walker Bean is a young boy who idolizes his remarkable grandfather, who tells him fantastic tales of adventure. Then one day it turns out that one tale may be true, and it is up to Walker Bean to save his grandfather's life by returning a cursed skull to the bottom of the ocean. Along the way he must survive pirates, soldiers, and shipwrecks, solve cyphers, and discover a shocking truth about an ancient horror! This top-notch story is paired with amazing art, full of rich detail and a few hidden surprises for observant readers. A wonderful book that truly exhibits the potential of this storytelling format.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596434530
Author:
Renier, Aaron
Publisher:
First Second
Illustrator:
Longstreth, Alec
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Crime & Mystery
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Fantasy
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.98 x 7.55 x 0.44 in
Age Level:
09-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This rip-roaring tale of swashbuckling adventure from the Eisner Award — winning Renier offers up a story line and art of equally intriguing depth. It is colonial times, and Walker Bean must help his grandfather, who's been cursed by a pair of witchy undersea lobster-women named Tartessa and Remora, by returning a magical skull to the mysterious Mango Islands. Stowing away on a ship, Walker teams up with a dog named Perrogi (obviously drawn with the affection of a dog lover), a boy named Shiv, and a tough-talking girl named Genoa. Renier's dynamic drawings are rich in detail; readers will get lost in the winding streets of colonial towns, island hideaways, natural history collections, exuberant panoramas of action. Renier lets his imagination lead the way, throwing maps and illustrated clues throughout this seafaring world, and setting up all manner of surprises and danger for Walker. A pleasure from beginning to end. Ages 9 — 14. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Mild, meek, and a little geeky, Walker Bean is happiest in his grandfather's workshop. But when his beloved grandfather is struck by an ancient curse, it falls on Walker to return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it.
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