April 05, 2019

#BookReview for Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase by Jorge González






Synopsis: In this wordless graphic novel, Captain Barbosa sails the seven seas with his trusty shipmates: a fly, an alligator, and an elephant. A seagull steals his treasured hat, and Barbosa and his crew give chase through a nasty storm. When Barbosa reaches the seagull's island, he finds the hat--along with a nest of baby seagulls--and decides even pirates can forgive and forget.

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About the Author:  
Jorge González was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been living in Spain for the last two decades. He tells all sorts of stories in all sorts of ways, with pastels, colored pencils, ink, and digital tools. He has published a number of graphic novels in Europe for grown-up readers, such as the books Fueye and Dear Patagonia. He has also contributed to The New Yorker and many other publications.

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My Review: This little graphic novel was great!! It had some great pictures and I wished it was longer.  This would be great for early readers and great for boys and girls.  We had a great time going through it a few times.   




"When a sea gull snatches his hat, a pirate sets out to get it back. A stern chase is a long chase, as this wordless import (from Spain) demonstrates. Enraged by the theft of his skull-and-crossbones hat, the captain charges off in a ship crewed by an elephant, a crocodile, and a mosquito. Various adventures later, from a storm to an encounter with a huge, green, one-eyed sea monster, the pursuers catch up at last--only to find the hat repurposed into a nursery. Fans of Jon Klassen's hat dramas may be disappointed by what happens next: The captain shrugs, hugs the provident parent, and departs with a friendly wave. The white captain's massive orange beard shines out from González's loosely drawn and brushed nautical scenes; with that to focus on, even younger viewers should have no trouble sailing through the sequential panels. That the sea monster is entirely benign and even helpful also adds to the story's friendliness to the younger edge of the audience range. Humor abounds, from the absurd casting choices for Barbosa's crew to the moment when the chortling mariners add an orange pigtailed wig to the captain's exposed, bald pate. A droll, rather sweet addition to the flood of 'I want my hat back' tales."--Kirkus Reviews
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