ERIC 'THE TRACKER' STEWART, PIRATE HUNTER.
What a mess. See, wherever they go, the pirates chew up the forest, all mindless crashing with that giant woodship. All they care about is junk and they'll crush anything that gets in the way. I was just as blind to it as you until one day I tripped over a clue. And then another. What else was there to do? I became a pirate hunter. I tracked them like a thunderstorm. I collected evidence and found their trail. Then they disappeared. Then I met the weirdest girl in the world. Turns out she was their scout. Then together we stole their ship. By the time you get to the end you see it’s really just the beginning.
MISSY BULLSEYE. ('THE GIRL')
He’s right. I am the weirdest girl in the world. That’s why I run with pirates. If it weren’t for me, they’d be a heap o’ splinters twice a week.
GRAMPA 'THE JACKAL' JOE.
I knew for certain there was no such thing as pirates in the woods. Then, well, they attacked. And so there was indeed such a thing. Then they took me on for their own. In actual fact it was me what took them on, but Captain might argue on that point. Since then it’s been all maggot and devil’s club sandwiches, and rat’s tails in my tea. But my word, can they ever whoop.
HECTOR 'THE WRECKER' GRISTLE, CAPTAIN, JUNK-HUNTING DREAD CREW.
(crosses arms over chest)
The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods is beautifully illustrated by Halifax native Sydney Smith, published by Nimbus, and stocked by retailers such as Chapters.ca and Amazon.ca in Canada and Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble in the USA.
To order from your favourite independent bookstore, ask them to contact Nimbus in Canada and Orca Books in the USA. Halifax's beloved Woozles ships internationally. Books may arrive smeared with maple syrup or squashed leech juice. Or both.
The Dread Crew by Kate Inglis is a hilarious and highly imaginative tale that plays with the tradition of Atlantic Canada pirate stories. Inglis's spirited prose is a treat to read. Her descriptions of the pirates' repulsive appearance and foul habits elicit the perfect blend of disgust and glee.
The Dread Crew is a tale of imagination and friendship. This is a spirited tale, gorgeously rendered. A debut work from a confident writer I feel sure will delight us again in the future.
Some books are written to be read aloud to an audience of children, and The Dread Crew definitely fits into this category. A rollicking, rowdy hoot of a book ... there are identifiable characters for both boys and girls, and humor akin to Roald Dahl at his most satirically anti-establishment.
Illustrations are detailed and lovingly rendered, but the humorous, evocative language creates its own word pictures. The Dread Crew's very words echo Goldman’s The Princess Bride. Purchase multiple copies of this book because demand will be strong, and I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t end up in the round of honors books at the end of the year.
—Lois Rubin Gross (Children's Literature)
The Dread Crew is the exciting debut of an extremely gifted, original writer. Sparkling wordplay, drop-dread humour, kooky, unforgettable characters in a world so richly imagined, readers will want more, more, more. I've just become a Dread Crew tracker and huge Inglis fan.
—Author Sheree Fitch
There are still pirates in Nova Scotia. They roam the barely-lit edges of his world ... it's a world filled with secret documents, maps, and mysterious totems. In other words, Kate has made a world where there is still adventure in the woods... Kids love stories about any creatures more poorly behaved than themselves, and the pirates of the backwoods will not disappoint even the most unruly jackanape under your roof.
—James Griffioen of Sweet Juniper
THE DREAD CREW is a wildly imaginative frolic through a woods that is both eerily dark and splendidly foolish. From the book's spooky opening chapter to the marvelous rumblings of the Barrow land-ship; through the cobratic dreadlocks of Captain Hector the Wrecker Gristle and the maggoty beard of First Mate Vincent the Vile Van Goon; to the savage plundering raids for bricabrac and assorted trash this book is a nonstop roller coaster of kid-flavoured fun and excitement.
—Author Steve Vernon
There is a strong message to this book, but the imaginative scope, slapstick humour and overall joyful noise of the whole package runs counter to any dread didacticism. The illustrations by Sydney Smith are both playful and other-worldly. They are the perfect match for Inglis' belching, romping, refreshing words.