Cursed Pirate Girl

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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!

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Overview

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!

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Douglas Wolk
Jeremy A. Bastian's artwork…draws on long-lost strains of cartooning: it alludes to James Gillray's grotesque Napoleonic caricatures and cockeyed handwriting, Arthur Rackham's knack for stuffing his illustrations with decorative detail, and the minutely feathered textures of Albrecht Dürer's engravings…It's a delight to linger over Bastian's hyper-ornate images…
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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 Dürer—and while what results can sometimes obstruct the flow of the adventure , the result is both a beautiful object and an evocative adventure. (Dec)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393602
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 12/25/2012
  • Edition description: All Ages
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Bastian has been called by many a “crazy” person. His dedication for filling a page from gutter to gutter with delicate detail, whimsical characters, and strange creatures might not seem too far out of the norm. However, Jeremy draws his pages at the size they are printed and does it all with a very small brush. If anything, one might have to blow up the images that pour from his mind, just to be able to see them. His book Cursed Pirate Girl beckons to the 19th century in subject and style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Gorgeous book!

    This is a piece of art. Buy it. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Worth buying. The drawings remarkable. Would recommended.

    Bought this for my 12 year old granddaughter who especially enjoys graphic drawing . Story line is imaginative and interesting, and she was able to quickly adapt to the old English language and letter formation differences. The content of this book is appropriate for older children who are good readers. It is an exciting story well-told.

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