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Polly and the Pirates, Volume 1 (v. 1) Paperback – August 10, 2006

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Sweet young Polly Pringle languishes in a boring and rigid finishing school for "ladies of quality," all the while dreaming of swashbuckling adventure and romance like the kind found in tales of Meg Malloy, the pirate queen. To Polly's shock, she is abducted by a swarthy band of "Aar, me hearties" buccaneers and informed that her allegedly dead mother was none other than Meg Malloy, and that Polly herself has been tapped to be the new captain of her mother's crew of brigands, a salty bunch who have been inactive for 13 years. The pirates would have stayed out of sight if it weren't for the loss of the map to the pirate queen's fabulous treasure, and the lads need Polly to lead them while they attempt to stay one step ahead of the pirate king, a scourge of the seas who will stop at nothing to gain the booty for himself. Polly rises to the occasion in a saga rife with sharks, sea battles, clashing swords and blazing muskets. The art by Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) touches on some manga elements, while retaining its own clean, appealing style. All these elements converge to make this charming, fresh yet classic tale a winner from start to finish. (July)
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Broken Frontier:

"Ted Naifeh, best known for his series Courtney Crumrin, has crafted a fun and entertaining tale that probably appeals to the young at heart more than it does to the young, but that's a strength rather than a weakness. It's truly an all-ages comic..."

All Ages Reads:

"Polly is a good read, and a lot of fun."

Comic Pants:

"Beneath its vibrantly colored cover, is a story that can easily succeed in finding the kid in all of us."

"It isn't very often that a book this entertaining happens along, one that is so across the board approachable to young kids and adults alike."

"Ted Naifeh is a master craftsmen and is armed with a sharp wit and a keen ability to write."

"When a writer allows a reader into every nook and cranny of a character, even such as the way he or she talks, it aids to the full immersion of a story, which is exactly what happened to me when I read this. I felt as if I was truly out on the high seas, treasure in my veins and a blade at my side, ready for action and able to tackle any feat."

"Polly and the Pirates was more fun that I had expected."

Prospero's Manga:

"This one jumps high on my list of books I would hand to any kid, any where, any time, and tell them to read."

"[Polly has] just the right mix of cleverness and honor and humor for all-ages readers."

Yet Another Comics Blog:

"[Ted] Naifeh really makes the story come alive with wit and adventure and interesting characters."

"[Polly's] transformation from wallflower to mover-and-shaker plays out across the entire book, and comes across as perfectly logical and understandable."

"It's in many ways a more fantastical version of San Francisco, one that still has larger-than-life figures like the self-proclaimed Emperor Norton, but has gone a step further."

"So many things in Polly and the Pirates are shown rather than stated, and the end result is a book that treats its readers as intelligent people and doesn't waste time assuming otherwise. It's a refreshing change from so many books that seem to think "all-ages" means "too dimwitted to understand."

"Fans of Courtney Crumrin shouldn't be disappointed that Naifeh took a detour into Polly and the Pirates; rather, they should be excited that now they have a second Naifeh-created series to fall in love with."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932664467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664461
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on July 27, 2006
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Polly is a young lady attending a finishing school. She is attentive and well-behaved, unlike some of her class mates. She balks at the idea of sneaking out and having adventures. But that all changes one strange night.

Polly wakes one night to find herself, and her bed, being carried away by pirates. One of them claims she is the daughter of their previous captains, the infamous Pirate Queen. Polly wants nothing to do with this and is afraid of getting in trouble at the school. But that is not to be as she is soon involved with the pirates once again as well as rivals, the Emperor, the navy, and lost treasure maps.

Much of the fun here is in wondering if Polly really is the daughter of the Pirate Queen. The whimsical art style helps add to the fun. This is a rollickingly fun adventure and we can only hope we will see more of Polly and the pirates. Check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerall Kahla on January 9, 2007
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Polly and the Pirates is a wonderful read - the characters are engaging, the action is smooth, and you end this volume with the sneaking suspicion that all following volumes will be even more captivating.

I appreciated the fact that the female characters weren't cookie-cutter or simple. It is becoming more and more difficult to find positive role models for young girls. I would have no problem giving this book to me niece.

I hope you give it a try and allow the story to sweep you away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Roth on June 21, 2009
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I've read this out loud twice to my 9 year old boy and we have loved it each time. With great economy of words and illustrations, Naifeh brings the situation, the characters, and the story to life. No spoilers here. But if you like storytelling, you'll love Polly and the Pirates.
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"Polly And The Pirates" is another, like "Rapunzel's Revenge" in the growing genre of illustrated adventure fiction for young girls. In this case the "Polly And The Pirates" paperback is a reprint of issues one through six of the comic book of the same name by Oni Press. In this case young Polly lives in an alternate past reality where she is sent to a very proper boarding school where she rooms with her best friend, the spunky Anastasia "Stasia" Van Vervendander and the snooty and uptight Sarah Snedecker who likes to spy and tattle on Polly and Sarah. Sarah wants to break out of the school and see the world but Polly likes it where she is. So wouldn't you know it, one night Polly is kidnapped by a bunch of out-of-work pirates who want her to be their captain because she is supposed to be the daughter of the famous pirate queen Meg Malloy. The whole purpose of the old pirate crew to reunite and kidnap Polly was in the hope that she knew where the great Meg Malloy's pirate treasure is.

Polly doesn't buy it, based on the tales by her father, Meg Malloy doesn't fit the ideal of what her long lost mother should be, and she escapes back to the school, only to be kidnapped again, this time by Claudio, the son of the Pirate King, who makes her an offer that she can't refuse. If she were to help him get the map back, and betray her mother's ex-crew, and get the treasure for his ownself he won't spread the false rumor that he and she are an item. So, she does betray them, including the one pirate that has been on her side.

This course of action bothers her, so Polly then bucks up and becomes a younger version of her mom. She finds the map, returns it to her mother's original crew and rescues the one pirate that is being held hostage.
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