From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This book belies its snappy title and cover. The introduction begins well with a stirring description of the genre and the comment, "Ghostly sea stories are filled with horror, creepiness, delight, and even humor." Unfortunately, the pacing in the actual tales is slow. The chapter on dreaded pirate ghosts only discusses two: Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. The Loch Ness monster gets barely a mention in the section titled, "Swish, Swirl, Sea Serpent." Pages on lighthouse ghosts and ghost ships are a little more informative but still dry. In the final chapter, some interesting scenarios are described and readers are prompted to create their own ghost stories. Illustrations include black-and-white photographs, drawings, and reproductions. Given its subject and length, this book may find an audience among reluctant readers but it is likely to disappoint children with a serious interest in the subject.
Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
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From Kirkus Reviews
Guiberson (Spotted Owl, 1994, etc.) ventures into Daniel Cohen territory with these riveting, if briefly told, tales of lesser-known ghosts, sea monsters, and haunted pirate treasure. She relates the lurid details with relish: Blackbeard's head was cut off and hung from the bowsprit. . . . The headless body was thrown into the sea [whereupon it] swam one time, two times, then three times around the sloop before sinking into the deep. The author intersperses photos, old prints, and her own evocative black-and-white vignettes, and finishes with five spooky scenarios suitable for developing into new tales of terror. Perfect fare for reading by flashlight. (index, extensive bibliography) (Folklore. 9-11) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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