Synopses & Reviews
Come with us aboard the Pequod.
We search for Moby Dick,
the Great White Whale!
Along with Captain Ahab,
youll meet danger face to face,
hunting the fiercest creature
the seas have ever known!
Are you brave enough—
and bold enough—
for the adventure of your life?
The award-winning author and illustrator team of Eric A. Kimmel and Andrew Glass introduce a new generation of readers to a magnificent and memorable retelling of Herman Melvilles masterpiece, Moby Dick.
"Kimmel (Even Higher!) works hard to make this classic accessible to young readers, distilling Melville's sprawling epic into sturdy ballad-style verse: 'Then Captain Ahab came on deck./ What happened to his leg?/ T'was bitten off by Moby Dick./ That's why the whalebone peg.' Glass's splendid spreads soften the story's brutish aspects, which remain grim in Kimmel's retelling: one attempt to kill Moby Dick drowns a seaman, and the next drowns Captain Ahab and the rest of the crew all but Ishmael ('I heard the sighs and groans/ of all my friends and shipmates/ going down to Davy Jones'). Glass bathes everything in brilliant sunshine, painting the churning sea with aquas and greens and giving the white whale a sense of enormous bulk and strength. With their red noses and lumpy bodies, the seamen appear ridiculous in comparison to the majestic animal, giving weight to Ishmael's concluding comment: 'Respect all creatures, great and small, and leave the whales alone!' Parents should vet before reading aloud to sensitive children; for the stout of heart, it's a fine introduction to the story. Ages 4 6. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Kimmel make[s] this classic accessible to young readers.”--Publishers Weekly
"...this rollicking yarn with its splendid art will serve as a stand-alone introduction.”--School Library Journal "Kimmel make[s] this classic accessible to young readers.”--Publishers Weekly
Praise for Moby Dick:
"...this rollicking yarn with its splendid art will serve as a stand-alone introduction.” —School Library Journal
"Kimmel make[s] this classic accessible to young readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“Kimmels verse touches on all the major plot points, from Ahab pinning the gold doubloon to the mast to the final disastrous encounter…” —Booklist
Herman Melville's legendary and lengthy tome is beautifully encapsulated in a jaunty rhyme sprinkled with historical and nautical terms. An author's note gives further information about the story in addition to Melville's own story. There is also a glossary for some of the more unusual words. The illustrations lavishly fill each spread, evoking thoughts of the monstrous beast while the cross-hatching and grain echo the creature's skin, and the choppy movement of the waves even when the action is taking place on dry land. This is a wonderful, short-attention-span-friendly addition to any library.” —Childrens Literature
“Kimmel's rhymes scan with clarity from the start, and he has a genius for synthesizing the loquacious storyline down to its plot essentials. …The high point of the title turns out to be Glass' art. His oil-and-pencil illustrations create a white whale hide interlaced with the scars of countless harpooners, his sheer girth a towering mountain of angry flesh. Readers will have little difficulty understanding the awe inspired by such a creature. For a bare-bones retelling of the original's plot, this has no equal.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Eric A. Kimmel is the author of over a hundred books for children. He and his wife live in Portland, Oregon, only a two-hour drive from the ocean, where they watch the migration of the gray whales every year.
Andrew Glass is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Newbery Honor books Graven Images: Three Stories by Paul Fleischman and The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain. Andrew lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.