Item description for The Sailor and the Sea Witch by Nicholas Dollak Preston McClear...
"Once upon a time I heard tell a tale of a Sea Witch with a heart as dark as the bottom of the briny deep" ...And so begins the dream-like fairy tale, with watercolor illustrations by Nicholas Dollak, of a cold-hearted sea witch who, one moon-swept evening, spies a handsome sailor playing his flute alone on the deck of a ship and falls in love.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.38" Width: 8.56" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Publisher Malibu Books for Children
ISBN 1929084110 ISBN13 9781929084111
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sailor and the Sea Witch?
The Sailor and the Sea Witch Mar 4, 2005
We recently had an author/illustrator visit from Preston McClear and Nicholas Dollak. Our k-5 school enjoyed them very much.I purchased this book and The Boy under the Bed, and Frannie and Pickles. My 1st graders and 5th grader like all three. I highly recommend this book. Our students and teachers alike had rave reviews for this engaging duo. The Sailor and the Sea Witch is on it's way to becoming a favorite in our home.
disappointing and sinister Oct 15, 2004
I bought this book before I looked at the sample pages of text or illustrations. The rave reviews of "mystical" made me expect something more beautiful. I was also hoping for a story of love transforming a cold-hearted creature. I found the illustrations not beautiful but sinister, and too scary for our school's population of age 3 up. Also, the witch never seems to regret her previous pattern of coldly killing innocent sailors, not to "love" them below the sea, but just to kill them. The "love" between the sailor and the sea witch is very superficial---they "love" each other's eyes. To counter a culture which overemphasizes appearances, I look for stories in which people have deeper qualities to love, such as kindness. I feel I wasted my money on this book, which I will not keep in our school collection. If you are trying to teach kindness and compassion, this book is not a good choice.
If you love Fairy Tales or Mermaids, this is for you. May 26, 2004
Okay, so it's not technically about a mermaid but the Sea Witch does live in the ocean and that's close enough for the mermaid lovers in this house. A lovely and uncontrived 'happily ever after' that you'll find yourself reading again and again... with or without the kids :-) (Worth buying just for a good look at the picture of the dancing waves! Have seriously thought of buying a second copy, just so I could remove and frame that outstanding illustration!)
Many a Fun Night Will Be Spent Reading This Aloud! Jan 11, 2004
"'Best beware, lad,' he said. `There is a sea witch known to prowl these waters. Many a man has been swept away on nights like this one.'"
Indeed! Read this sumptuous seafaring book with a briny pirate's accent and you and your child will be similarly swept away. Preston McClear and Nicholas Dollak's exotic tale of bravery, danger, love, and mystery is told with bravado and panache. The book is perhaps best read aloud: There's an element of parody here that's captured best by the spoken word. (For example, the phrases "many a sailor," "many a man," and "many an adventure" all appear within the first six pages. At first, this repetition seemed like an oversight, later I realized what fun these phrases contain when read aloud.)
The setting moves from ship to deserted island to trading port with several interesting plot turns. Nicholas Dollak's illustrations are tremendous: Luminescent, dreamy, and vibrant. These are some of the best illustrations I've seen recently (he and Yuyi Morales are among my favorite new illustrators). Dollak's palette and imagination suffuse the book with a fitting magical realism.
The book is 34 pages long, and includes several full-page illustrations. There is an additional 4 page "featurette" called "How We Make a Book," Dollak's account of Malibu Books' history. As always, the company uses high quality paper that is a pleasure to handle and view. Very highly recommended. (Their other works include "The Boy under the Bed," and my personal favorite, "Frannie and Pickles." I look forward to more books from this team.)
Mystically Brilliant! May 5, 2003
In this beautifully illustrated book, Preston McClear takes the reader on an enchanting tale. McClear's imagery is playful and unique! Nicholas Dollak's art is mystically brilliant!
The Sailor and the Sea Witch is a romantically haunting tale; one of a feared Sea Witch who becomes captivated by a lonely sailor's seafaring journey and the comforting sound of his flute.
*This story's premise, being a romantic tale, seems appropriate for the maturing reader, age 8 and older.