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Come with us aboard ...
Come with us aboard the Pequod.
We search for Moby Dick,
the Great White Whale!
Along with Captain Ahab,
you’ll 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 Melville’s masterpiece, Moby Dick.
"Kimmel make[s] this classic accessible to young readers.”—Publishers Weekly
Posted April 6, 2013
“Call me Ishmael,” the story begins as the boy hero heads for New Bedford town, “a-whalin’ for to go.” It’s the adventure of a lifetime told in verse reflecting the 1-2-3 rhythms of working sea shanties of old. Eric distills the story to its emotive core as one by one Ishmael meets the ill-fated crew of the Pequod: the tattooed harpooner Queenqueg, Starbuck, Stubb, and Flash, and the rest of ‘a jolly crew.”
Then, can’t we just hear the booming baritone foreshadowing doom as Captain Ahab comes on deck! The one-legged captain is red-eyed, driven by revenge. The sailors’ fate is sealed as the Captain and the Pequod chase the great white, Moby Dick. they:“ … scanned the ocean day by day/ for any whale in sight./ We spied some blue and gray ones, too,/ but not a single white./”
The rhythm of the sea shanty rises and falls and rises with the action, in tune with the lush, rich oil and pencil illustrations by Andrew Glass. And then, the great white whale, Moby Dick, rises out of the depths in a dynamic two-page spread. The Pequod faces its destiny and the narrator ends with a warning, “The moral of this story is,/ as my sad tale has shown:/ Respect all creatures, great and small,/ and leave the whales alone!”Eric includes a history of the story in a detailed author’s note as well as a glossary of terms.
A great, great read aloud!
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