Synopses & Reviews
At last the ultimate book of pirates is here! Inside is the stuff of legend, where tales of adventure and intrigue are written in blood. Read about Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. Learn about walking the plank and buried treasure. Discover what was like aboard a pirate ship from a pirate's strict code of conduct to the punishments that awaited those that broke them.
All the intrigue, adventure, and grizzly details are brought to life in this lavish hardcover package jam packed with fact and fiction, pirate lore, and amazing memorabilia, including:
- a booklet of pirate slang
- a genuine advertisement to recruit pirates
- a booklet of pirate biographies
- a letter from William the III to Captain Kidd
- a pullout featuring pirate weapons
- a treasure map
- a wanted poster for Blackbeard
- sample playing cards
- as well as flaps and fold outs galore!
"Anyone who considers himself or herself a fan of pirate lore will surely savor this scrapbook-style, paper-over-board hardcover with sturdy oversize pages. Matthews offers a comprehensive read, jam-packed with more nuggets than Captain Blackbeard himself could muster up (were he available). From a historical primer to explanations of pirates' ship flags (printed on an overleaf), the author leaves virtually no stone unturned. He devotes each spread to a different theme; the text is printed atop a ghosted image of a treasure map and accented by a medley of original illustrations and photographs. The layout carefully balances an informative text with photographic and cross-hatch images so as not to overwhelm the reader with too much data. One spread boasts a mini-book of 'Pirate Slang,' another features a catalogue of 'Pirate Weapons,' to further demonstrate the spread's theme, 'Terror on the High Seas!' Perhaps the most noteworthy additions are several 'documents,' complete with faux waxed seal stickers, inviting inquisitive readers to examine their contents. (A standout is the replication of a map dating back to 1758, indicating 'sites where treasure may still be buried.') Written in a heavy ink script, these inserts mirror the look and feel of those yo-ho-ho days. This volume is true pirate booty, a treasure to be appreciated by pirate fans both young and old. Ages 6-12. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A]n abundance of good stuff...and a stupendous attention to detail. The effort that went into making this jam-packed scrapbook, full of maps, pictures and facsimile documents, is likely to be matched by the time you'll spend poring over it with a pirate-struck girl or boy." New York Times Book Review
Available just in time for the theatrical release of Disney's upcoming blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" comes this volume filled with facts, legends, and illustrations about pirates throughout the ages. Full color.
International bestselling artist Brian Froud and New York Times bestselling author John Matthews come together for the first time to create a spectacular interactive book that opens the doors to the enchanted world of Faerie. How does one discover faeries in oneand#8217;s backyard or a garden, forest, or meadow? Through insets, hidden messages, magical signs, reflective mirrors, and other paper mechanics, Froud and Matthews reveal how anyone may discover the way to the land of Faerie. All you need is to believe and to own this book!
Love troubles? Job difficulties? Health problems? If you're seeking answers, who better to find them than history's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes? His keen powers of perception and extraordinary exploits have inspired this dazzling new divination deck, which draws its imagery from Victorian London's shadowy buildings and fog-bound streets. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories figure throughout, and original characters make up the Major Arcana.
About the Author
John Matthews has produced a number of successful divinatory systems based on early spiritual beliefs, including The Wildwood Tarot and The Celtic Animal Oracle (both Sterling). He is widely known as the author of numerous books on a variety of spiritual, historical, and religious subjects. His book Pirates (Simon and Schuster) was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks in 2007. He has served as an advisor on several motion pictures, including Jerry Bruckheimer's King Arthur, and is currently engaged on several movie projects of his own. Visit hallowquest.org.uk.and#160;Wil Kinghan is a writer, artist, and explorer of the Hermetic and Celtic traditions. He lives in Oxford with his wife Melanie and their four cats. Visit mythwoodfilms.com.