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Cursed Pirate Girlby Jeremy Bastian
Synopses & Reviews
Adventures on and under the high seas lead a cursed pirate girl to encounter mythic creatures, gnarled and crusty pirates, and ghostly apparitions as she tries to find her lost father, one of the dreaded Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas. Cursed Pirate Girl is a whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers, starting in Port Elisabeth, Jamaica in the year 1728, and quickly heading across — and beneath — the waves!
"With a dash of Pippi Longstocking in her biography, this scrappy young heroine takes to the high seas to find her father, a pirate king, and encounters scores of decrepit pirates, as well as a pair of swordfish in full armor among dangers galore. This swashbuckling fantasy reveals Bastian has his old-fashioned chops down, not only in art style but with the language of the story and the structure of the escapade. In addition the book itself is a gorgeously detailed evocation of old books, from the scalloped paper to the lovely endpapers. The dialogue is appropriately archaic, even stilted in a purposeful way, and the journey is episodic in the tradition of children's adventure, like Alice in Wonderland, wherein every character encountered by the heroine amounts to a personality type that confounds her and each persona invites verbal sparring before she is able to move along. Bastian's art captures 19th-century humorous illustration and cartoon styles with deliberate grotesques and complex visual clutter — think Thomas Nast meets Albrecht DÃ¼rer — and while what results can sometimes obstruct the flow of the adventure , the result is both a beautiful object and an evocative adventure." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jeremy Bastian likes to fill a page from gutter to gutter with delicate detail, whimsical characters and strange creatures. He draws his pages at the size they are printed and does it with a very small brush. Cursed Pirate Girl reflects his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University.
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