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The Pirateology Handbook: A Course in Pirate Hunting (Ologies) Hardcover-spiral – March 11, 2008
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Douglas Carrel, Chief Draughtsman: A native of Scotland, Douglas Carrel was clearly a dragonologist of some standing, and often accompanied Dr. Drake on some of his more fruitful expeditions. In a letter from Constantinople to the editor he says, "It is with considerable sense of honour, and no small amount of pride, that I lend my hand to the compiling of this most worthy volume . . . Ultimately, I feel that all of us--within this privileged circle in particular--are duty-bound to preserve and perpetuate the love and lore of dragons."
Helen Ward, Scientific Artist: Helen Ward trained as an illustrator at Brighton School of Art, although it is not known exactly when she came into contact with Dr. Drake. However a quote from her autobiography makes some things clear: "As a child I dreamed of dragons. When age allowed, I traveled.Unfortunately, several expeditions to Europe and one to that part of Russia known as Finland specifically to capture the likeness of a live dragon have ended in failure. The creatures seemed deliberately elusive . . .. With the help of descriptions, notes, and detailed drawings made by others I have managed to illustrate these majestic creatures to the satisfaction of those more fortunate and better-informed dragonologists."
Wayne Anderson, Pictorial Artist: Interested in cryptozoology from an early age, Wayne Anderson first came into contact with S.A.S.D. at one of their meetings in Wyvern Way in London. It was after a couple of trips with Drake--to the Alps in 1878 and to Scotland in 1880--that Wayne realized his early dragon drawings were, in fact, more life-like than he could have realised. Like most of the other collaborators on DRAGONOLOGY, he has contributed to many other books for children. He enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Helen Ward that resulted in books such as THE TIN FOREST and THE DRAGON MACHIINE.
Nghiem Ta, Artistic Direction: Dr. Drake met Nghiem Ta in the Fukien (now Fujian) Province of China where she was working in her grandfather's bookshop. Their shared interest in dragons became evident when he showed her a copy of the fabled DRAGON SUTRA of Hong Wei, which the monks of that monastery made for him as a gift. He asked Miss Ta if such a revered object could be bound into a book and was so impressed with her work that he later invited her to London to oversee the creation of DRAGONOLOGY.
by Clint Twist
Top Customer Reviews
Through the ranks the reader goes, from cabin boy to able seaman to bo'sun to captain, finding out more and more about pirates and how to foil their thieving plans. One must master flags and bells, knots and watches, all the while learning about pirate history, favorite pirate ports and the most wicked pirates, male and female, who strike fear in the hearts of landlubbers. Hard work and study is rewarded by a special appointment by the king (and four pages of cool and colorful stickers at the end of the book).
Written and illustrated to look like a useful and weathered book from 1724, this guide is clever, informative and fun to look at. From the parts of the ship to navigation and secret codes, it is a perfect blend of history, geography, maritime science and pure fun. The illustrations are well done, both exciting and authentic looking, and the text is readable and full of fascinating facts. Each section has an "off-watch activity" challenging readers to apply what they have read.
While the text is unfortunately but accurately addressed to "cabin boys," female pirates are not ignored. So girl pirate hunters hopefully will not feel completely excluded.
Overall, this is a smart and attractive book that approaches the ever-popular theme of pirates in a new way. Here is another 'Ology success to inspire, educate and entertain readers. Only the bravest sailors are needed for this adventure, and all pirates, buccaneers and privateers be wary!
--- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman
This is a complete handbook, for a boy who wants to be a pirate hunter.
The book is setup like a ships log or diary, with a hard cover and a wire binding.
Captain William Lubber gives details on his mate's jobs aboard a ship, from cabin boy all the way up to captain.
Captain Lubber tells the boy everything he needs to know, from memorizing the flags of different pirate ships, to how to recognize the ship bells. He tells the cabin boy: four bells is six o'clock in the morning, and time for a cabin boy to report to duty.
At the end of every chapter, the captain gives an assignment: copy the map and learn the main islands, or, learn the knots needed on board a pirate ship. A cabin boy will also learn the parts of the ship.
The office of Cabin Boy, Able Seaman, The office of Bo'sun, and the rank of Captain are all outlined. Until a boy reaches the office of Able Seaman, he is not entitled to any of the treasure, taken by a pirate ship. Captain Lubbor outlines the pay scale on a pirate ship and lets a boy know that there are no slackers.
This is great book for any boy who is interested in pirates. He will learn about notorious pirates along the way, and how they met their fate. He will also learn about famous pirate ships, and where they sailed.
Jill Ammon Vanderwood
author: Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)
in pirates for a few years. Last year she received the large 'Pirateology"
book and and this was a follow on. I understand she is delighted with it --
so I am delighted with it as well.