Monday, February 23, 2015

The Flying Dutchman

 Cover image for The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman
(Jr. Graphic Ghost Stories)
by Jane H. Gould
PowerKids Press, 2015. Comics 24 p.

This new short graphic novel tells the story of the ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman. Captain Vanderdecken wants to sail his cargo ship from India to Europe faster than anyone has before so he makes a deal with the devil.  As he tries to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, the ship is lost in a storm.  Because of Vanderdecken's bargain, the ship is doomed to sail forever, causing disaster to anyone who sees it.  Gould recounts several instances where people, including the prince of England, have claimed to see the ghost ship.  Unfamiliar terms are defined in a glossary in the back of the book.  Gould illustrates the story with full color, but in a graphic novel format.  This is a good choice for a reluctant reader who likes spooky stories.

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