From Publishers Weekly
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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From the Publisher
"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."
"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."
"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."