Synopses & Reviews
Life sailing with the Royal Navy in the 1780's was particularly miserable: sailors slept in crowded hammocks, ate moldy cheese and maggoty bread, and were subject to very harsh discipline. So when the HMS Bounty
arrived in Tahiti after 11 months at sea, the crew of the Bounty
thought it was heaven on earth. Living on the island paradise made them lazy and careless.
As the return journey began, Captain Bligh's crew proved reluctant to leave. His temper began to flare, and his second-in-command and old friend Fletcher Christian suffered the worst of Bligh's outbursts. His honor at stake and a longing to return to the island, Christian led a mutiny, then set Bligh and 18 loyal crew members adrift in a launch.
A daring escape by Christian and the mutineers, paired with Bligh's amazing story of survival all make up one of history's most rousing true maritime tales, and Patrick O'Brien's 85 illustrations reach epic proportions of drama and realism.
O'Brien writes clearly, balances both sides of the story, and illustrates the book with dramatic watercolor-and-gouache paintings. From double-page scenes to combinations of small pictures, the handsome artwork sets the story's tone, defines the period, and brings the characters to life. ...Accessible, dramatic nonfiction, especially recommended for those who love tales of seafaring drama. --Booklist
From Kirkus Reviews
[A]n adventuresome tale, well told. --Kirkus Reviews
From Horn Book
Accessible and clear, this account allows young readers a glimpse of an event that is part of our cultural literacy. --Horn Book
From School Library Journal
[A] great tale of adventure and conflict. The handsome illustrations, done in watercolor and gouache, are packed with details and action, and add to the drama. --School Library Journal From CurledUp.comThe Mutiny on the Bounty informs in a visual, interesting way rather than in dry textbook fashion. ...Alluring for adventure-loving youth. --CurledUp.com
A classic high-seas adventure story is once again brought to life in a picture-book edition that follows Fletcher Christian, the second-in-command, as he prepares to seize control of the HMS Bounty when the ship is torn apart by the violent behavior of her captain.
About the Author
PATRICK O'BRIEN is the author and illustrator of eleven books for children. After earning a degree in biology from the University of Virginia in 1982, he worked at a naval architecture firm before going to art school. He has been a prolific freelance illustrator for 20 years. Patrick lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and son.www.patrickobrienstudio.com