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My Father the Great Pirate
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David Cali Maurizio Quarello
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My Father the Great Pirate

David Cali Maurizio Quarello


wilkins farago

Children's & Educational;
Picture storybooks


56 pages

$36.95  $33.25
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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sometimes there are books in the children's section because they are illustrated and in a picture book format, so therefore they are for kids. But often enough, these books can't be categorised, and shouldn't be limited to young readers, because they truly transcend age barriers and can speak to anyone who reads. This book is one of those undefinable and special experiences.

As a young boy, the narrator's father goes away, and only returns once a year. The child knows this is because his father is a pirate, a great pirate, who tells him stories about the places he's been, the ships he's attacked, the treasures buried and his shipmates. But one summer his father doesn't return and the boy's mother gets a telegram…

I won't tell more of the story, but I will say that every adult I have inveigled to read this book, has stood quietly and thoughtfully when they reach the end. I don't know how a child would react to it, but I know it moved me unutterably. There are themes of love and what we do to protect our loved ones, of bravery and resilience and that moment when childhood is put behind even when understanding has yet to catch up with experience.

The illustrations are coloured in a muted palette, soft greys and creamy yellows with occasional splashes of warm umber, and convey as much meaning as the simply related text.
Have a look for yourself - I think this is one of the best books I have seen in my picture book section this year. Or for that matter, anywhere in the shop. Lindy Jones

My Father the Great Pirate by Davide Cali & Maurizio Quarello at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

By:   David Cali
Illustrated by:   Maurizio Quarello
Imprint:   wilkins farago
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 288mm,  Width: 217mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9780987109996
ISBN 10:   0987109995
Pages:   56
Publication Date:   October 2014
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

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