Schweizer, C. (2008). Crogan’s vengeance. Portland, OR.: Oni Press, Inc. ISBN: 9781934964064
Annotation: After getting in trouble, a boy is told the story of how his ancestor Catfoot Crogan became a pirate in the 18th Century.
Reaction: Based on the rather cartoony illustrations, I was expecting a fun, lighthearted pirate adventure, but this story is more serious than that. The story is framed by a modern Crogan man using the story of Catfoot Crogan, the pirate, to illustrate for his son the importance of standing firm in your personal code of conduct, even when others try to lead you astray, just like Catfoot who was a successful pirate while never veering from his own moral compass.
While this wasn’t the comical pirate romp for which I was hoping, Schweizer delivers a good story, a heroic, noble protagonist, and a moral that isn’t preachy. This book will give 10-14 year olds, especially boys, a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, while also teaching them a life lesson, which parents are sure to appreciate. Best of all, the author has two more books in the series already published and is working on a fourth, which feature different adventuresome Crogan men and are likely to provide similar moral guidance.
Media Used: Per the Author FAQ, Schweizer predominately uses Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Hammermill 11×17 Color Copy Digital 80# cover stock.