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. Volume VIII Number 13 . . . . March 1, 2002
Indomitable Jenny! Having been given a Call to Adventure by a magical otter, she assumes command of a ship and a crusty crew of sailors, and sets sail (and oars) for the Sea of Wonders, in search of the Lost City. In the course of their quest, they endure fearsome travails- shipwrecks, pirates, sirens, man-eating monsters and a Mad Philosopher.
This is Duncan Thornton's second sea adventure tale; it follows Kalifax, the saga of Jenny's friend Tom's adventures on the high seas. Captain Jenny & the Sea of Wonders is an exciting nautical fantasy, told with an old-fashioned eloquence and wit. Jenny is an excellent hero - an outspoken and courageous girl much in the spirit of Pippi Longstocking and Lewis Carroll's Alice, she regretfully abstains from a skipping rope session, as such activity would ill befit the dignity of a sea captain in view of her crew. The ten black and white illustrations by Yves Noblet have a compelling, dream-like quality (although the oarsmen unaccountably face forward!), and the book's design is very attractive, indeed. This high-spirited, magical adventure is a rare gem of a book.
Tony Payzant is a content editor living in Dartmouth, NS.
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