This amazing, wild and wacky tale begins with little Bluebear curled up in a walnut shell heading for disaster when tiny sea pirates rescued him. The miniature pirates lovingly raise him but are forced to let him go due to his growing size. From there, Bluebear goes from one crazy adventure to another, learning new things along the way. His dealings with numerous life forms are a great way of showing how to interact in new and unusual ways.
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear was written by award-winning German author Walter Moers and has recently been translated to English by John Brownjohn and released by The OverLook Press. Moers, who currently resides in Hamburg (Germany), was born in 1957 and is an accomplished painter, sculptor, cartoonist and writer.
The book includes 136 black and white illustrations and 2 maps, and the volume itself is huge at 704 pages in length. Though the size might intimidate some young readers, once they start they will soon find themselves consuming page after page every chance they get. The pace remains admirably steady throughout, and the exciting encounters of unique lifeforms is fantastic – kudos to the author on a job well done.
I recommend this book to any young reader from 13 years of age and up who enjoys an unusual, light-hearted, fast-paced adventure.