One summer, many many years ago, I read a trilogy written by James Hall and Charles Nordhoff about the mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty. I was completely captivated by those three novels — Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, and Pitcairn’s Island — and have loved good seafaring stories, both fiction and nonfiction, ever since. So when I was in the library last week and saw that there was a book for children about that famous mutiny on a list of the nominees for the 2010 Sasquatch Awards, I got really excited and instantly put it on hold. It arrived yesterday so I hurried to the library to pick it up, came home and read it immediately. And loved it.
The Mutiny on the Bounty, by Patrick O’Brien, was well researched and both sides of the story are presented very fairly in the telling. The artwork is absolutely beautiful, and it’s a very nice introduction for young people to this fascinating part of history. Although Mr. O’Brien has written and/or illustrated numerous other books for children, (he illustrated two Captain Raptor graphic novels), he is even busier as a marine artist. I loved looking at his beautiful paintings on his web site. Click here to check them out.