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Unsinkable Walker Bean, The (The Unsinkable Walker Bean) Paperback – August 17, 2010
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This is a beautiful book to behold. The illustrations are so bold, vibrant and full of details. The panels have so much going on in the background that one can look into them and see something new each time. We are even treated to the occasional two-page spread illustration. While some of these may be focused on a large central figure, the background will still hold many small details that one should linger on so as not to miss, but on the other hand there are a couple of amazingly intricately detailed two-page spreads that just make you want to keep looking to see what you are missing before turning the page.
Walker Bean has been sent off to sea by his grandfather, who has commanded Walker's father to return a cursed skull to its rightful place. Knowing that the father will not follow through, probably sell it somewhere, Walker is charged with making sure the job gets done. You see, grandfather bought that skull, looked at it and is now near death's door unless it is returned to its guardians. What follows is a rip-roaring yarn full of sea adventure mostly of the perilous kind.
While the story is not a fantasy per se, one must be able to suspend reality while reading of Walker Bean's adventures as they are of the most bizarre nature. Be prepared to meet pirates, a pirate girl who has turned the bow of the ship into a garden complete with lemon tree, great monstrous sea hags of legend and a cursed skull to begin with. Walker is a congenial protagonist who will appeal to all readers, wearing glasses, pudgy, reluctantly on the mission, but brave and determined. On the pirate ship Walker teams up with similarly aged Shiv and Genoa.Read more ›
Dad - what's a merwitch? Why does the merwitch freeze? Who's skull is that? Where are the other bones? Etc. Etc.
The artwork is extremely well done too and the full-page spreads convey the grandeur and scale of the boats, the sea and the merwitches. Kudos!
The dialog at times is a bit stilted and strange. As is Walker's constant tears on his face. It does portray him as a "milksop" so I guess it works in context.
To the author / artist - great job! Please write a sequel or another story in this world.
The book sets up a fun world with interesting and likeable characters - and I can't wait to find out what the deal with the "doctor" is.
I love Aaron's first book, Spiral-Bound, but I feel he has surpassed himself, and if this trend continues, the next book is going to be really awesome.
I also really appreciated the blurb at the back talking about the creation process.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book and I am going to buy the second one to see how good it is but... it does need some changes. Like it doesn't make since. But it's still very very very good.Published on May 18, 2012
There are still boring parts in it and I do not want people skipping pages now do I. So I just want to tell the author not to be mean, but your books need work.Published on May 11, 2012
Walker is a young boy back when pirates still roamed the 7 seas and the British Navy was the avowed military master of the world. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Andy Shuping
We tucked my 6 year-old son into bed at 8:30 and at 9:30 the door creaked open and he announced proudly from the top of the stairs, "I finished it! Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by Lydia