Author(s): Sophie Furse
The story is narrated by Ishmael, a young man whose dreams of adventure become a nightmare as he unwittingly joins a doomed whaling ship led by an insane captain seeking revenge. Melville's masterpiece is simplified and retold at an exciting and fast-moving pace to retain interest. Its vibrant full-colour artwork adds fresh appeal to the classic tale. Speech bubbles the text from the original novel work with the main text to emphasise and enhance the retelling. A running glossary at the foot of each page helps young readers with any challenging vocabulary without disrupting their reading experience. End matter provides information about the author, the historical background to the period in which the author lived and the timeline of world events that places the work in historical context. This book fits into guidelines for Key Stage 2 and 3 English and helps achieve the goals of the Scottish Standard Curriculum 5-14.
Sophie Furse attended university in Bristol and holds a Masters in Literature. She works as a writer and editor of chikdren's books and lives in West Sussex. Penko Gelev graduated from the National Art School in Sofia in 1987. He is a film and children's television producer, and also finds time to draw comics and illustrations for children. He lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.