Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Captain Murderer, a possible relation of the Blue Beard family, weds a series of wealthy young girls that he then proceeds to kill and bake into a pie.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4 This tale, retold by Dickens in The Uncommercial Traveller, is re-retold in a format that is not quite picture book in quantity of illustration or brevity of text, but still relies heavily on illustration and format to attract fledgling readers. The story is narrated as told by Dickens' nurse. Initially, there may be some confusion because the adapter alternates between first- and third-person voices; and because he stops using quotation marks to indicate the narrator's voice after the first page. This obstacle sorts itself out after a few pages. This is not a book for the squeamish. Captain Murderer's brides are serially decapitated and cannibalized. His come-uppance occurs only when a self-sacrificing twin realizes the fate of her sister and ingests a deadly poison prior to becoming the pirate's pie. After Captain Murderer has consumed the last of this supper, he swells, turns blue, and blows up. Barnes-Murphy's watercolor and ink drawings are absurdly and delightfully humorous, considering the vile deeds they portray. The characters look like a successful collaboration between Ronald Searle and Hilary Knight. Rewarding details for the observant include the see-, hear-, and speak-no-evil monkeys, a raven who surely quotes "Nevermore," and assorted bones and skulls. Readers who are looking for what comes after Schwartz' In a Dark, Dark Room (Harper, 1984) will be thrilled to the bone. Dana Whitney Pinizzotto, The Parish Day School of the Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas
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Title: Charles Dicken's Captain Murderer
Publisher: William Morrow & Co Library
Publication Date: 1986
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good- dust. First Edition. Jacket is price-clipped. Not ex-library, but has the gold foil spine label reading "library edition". ; Illustrated by Rowan Barnes-Murphy. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 6182
Book Description HarperCollins Children's Book Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good to very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good to Very Good. Barnes-Murphy, Rowan (illustrator) (illustrator). Captain Murderer by Charles Dickens-adapted by George Harland. Hardback story/picture book has a library binding, but is NOT an ex-lib! Overall is clean and in good+ to very good condition with like dust jacket in Brodart-looks nice. Bookseller Inventory # 17140
Book Description New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, (1986.) dj, 1986. Hardcover first edition - First printing. Adaptation of a tale included by Dickens in "The Uncommercial Traveller" with appropriately gruesome illustrations by Rowan Barnes-Murphy. Bound in glossy illustrated boards. Near fine in a very good dust jacket (previous owner's name, erasure on colored front endpaper, closed tear on front cover of dj.). Bookseller Inventory # 9829
Book Description William Morrow & Co Library, 1986. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0688063071