Roger is a lousy pirate. In fact, whenever there is any real pirating to do, the other pirates scowl and send him away.
Roger wishes he could think of something – anything – that would prove he is a good pirate. So when, in the middle of a great battle, Roger has a jolly idea, no–one – not even Roger himself – has a clue that he will soon change the face of pirating forever!
This is the first picture book both written and illustrated by Brett Helquist, who is best known for his drawings in Lemony Snicket's bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events. Here, his full–colour spreads capture fierce battles, magnificent ships, and the warmth and humour of one very unusual pirate.
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Brett Helquist has created scores of alarming pictures, including those within A Series of Unfortunate Events and Roger, The Jolly Pirate.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3-Roger, a "lousy pirate," is derisively given the nickname "Jolly Roger" by his shipmates. Although he tries to be a proper buccaneer, he is inevitably sent below deck whenever there is serious marauding to be done. When the Admiral attacks the ship, Roger is once again sent to the hold. In an attempt to win the favor of his crewmates, he bakes a cake in a cannon he mistakes for a pot. The explosive result-Roger flying above deck amid flour, smoke, and powder, looking exactly like a screaming skeleton-sends the Admiral's men leaping off their vessel convinced that the pirates have a ghost on their side. In recognition of his feat, his shipmates stitch up a flag that has gone down in history as the "Jolly Roger." This goofy pourquoi tale is told with a rhythm and bounce that begs to be read aloud. Helquist uses cinematic perspectives and compositions in his watercolor, pencil, and pastel illustrations-extreme close-ups, split-screen glimpses, and sweeping full-bleed vistas are interspersed with views akin to peeping through a telescope. His success at capturing motion in many of the pictures adds to the movielike quality of the art. Pirate lovers and children who enjoy a good adventure will relish the climactic battle scene. A rousing and humorous tale.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0066238056
Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brett Helquist (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0066238056
Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110066238056
Book Description Harper, New York, 2004. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, 4th Printing. SIGNED - Children's Picture Book. Tan spine, colorful, pictorial boards are clean and glossy. Illustrated endpapers. Signed by the author/artist on the free front endpaper in black felt tipped pen. Helquist has also added a piece of original artwork - a jolly roger - next to his name, also in black felt tipped pen. Neither this book nor its dust jacket have any discernable flaws. Signed by the Author. Bookseller Inventory # 002182