Synopses & Reviews
Charlotte Jane the Hearty comes into the world howling. Before longand#160;sheand#160;grows into a little girl who loves playing pirate--perhaps because she lives with what appear to be retired pirate parents. Charlotte Jane engages in swashbuckling sessions, goes on treasure hunts, and seeks out Fantastic Feats of Daring--all the while proving she hasformidable
oomph. She is not thrilled when bedtime approaches. Her mother tells her thatand#160;no one can be hearty without a good night's sleep, which Charlotte Jane finds out all on her own when her oomph disappears. She discovers at last that dreams, especiallyher
dreams, are rip-roaring fun.and#160;
"Captain Firebeard, helmsman Morgan O'Meany and the crew of the Horrible Haddock make 'the knees of honest seafaring folk... shake like jelly.' But they meet their match in Molly, a small but sturdy girl whose thick auburn ponytails rival the Captain's bushy beard. Like a Little Red Riding Hood of the high seas, Molly is sailing a skiff to her grandmother's house when she is snared 'like a herring' and tossed aboard the Haddock for ransom. 'If I told you my mother's name,... you'd cry like a baby!' Molly snarls, to the pirates' hearty but short-lived amusement. Funke and Meyer, whose The Princess Knight sets a precedent for this feisty heroine, do not expect Molly to defeat her kidnappers single-handed. Instead, Molly sends messages in empty rum bottles until her mother, the operatically outsize Barbarous Bertha, arrives with an imposing and equally scurvy lot of pirate women. Against the changeable turquoise-to-blue-gray sea and white sky, the blazing-orange hair of Molly, Firebeard and Bertha makes them centers of attention, and readers will notice a black cat becoming Molly's silent ally. Funke and Meyer convey the pirates' surly toughness while hinting at a fierce mother-daughter bond. Ages 3-5. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The illustrations are comical, including the flaming red hair of Barbarous Bertha. In the soaring popularity of pirates among children, it is wonderful to see female pirates and a leading example of one who insists in never giving up despite the odds." Children's Literature
"Meyer's bright, droll mixed-media pen-and-ink paintings of bushy bearded, scruffy, pot-bellied males countered by a voluminous slightly grotesque matriarch with her buxom throng add to the amusing comeuppance." Kirkus Reviews
Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard THINKS that he and the ruthless crew of the "Horrible Haddock" rule the high seas. But Firebeard and his band meet their match when they kidnap a small but feisty girl named Molly. Even after the pirates threaten Molly with sharks and make her scrub the deck, she is utterly defiant and will NOT tell Firebeard who her parents are. All the while, Molly is busy sending secret messages in bottles...but to whom? When her rescuers arrive, the pirates are in for a real surprise! For the TRUE fiercest pirate on the seas is none other than Molly's mother!
From Funke, the international bestselling author of The Thief Lord and The Princess Knight, comes a high-seas adventure about a spirited girl who is kidnapped by pirates. Full color.
About the Author
andnbsp;MYRA WOLFE is a debut picture-book author. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.andnbsp;MARIA MONESCILLO has worked as an animator and children's book illustrator in her native Spain, where she lives with her husband and baby daughter.