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Polly and the Pirates, Volume 1: 02/25/13

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Polly and the Pirates, Volume 1 by Ted Naifeh is is the first in the series about Polly a girl at a boarding school who catches the interest of some local pirates. The only problem is, everyone else tells her there haven't been pirates in years!

Polly, though, has no interest in pirates. She is star pupil at school and believes her mother was a prim and proper lady of society. When she is kidnapped by pirates she's forced to reevaluate what she knows about her mother.

My favorite part of the book is the setting. The town at first looks like any sort of Caribbean town from a hundred or so years ago. But then as Polly explores more of the town, the unique aspect of the town is revealed. It's mostly (or maybe entirely) built upon ships!

For readers familiar with San Francisco, Naifeh includes some details of his home town. These details are like Easter eggs in an already fun adventure.

My one complaint is the artwork. The claw like hands of all the characters took some getting used to. For the sequel, though, there is a new artist.

Five stars

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