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Cover Art: Baltazar and the
        Flying Pirates
Baltazar and the Flying Pirates
By Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Justin Roth
Immedium, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59702-018-3, $15.95

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Each night Baltazar listens to his grandpaís tales of pirates and buried treasure. He never seems to get enough. One night, at the stroke of midnight, his wish for his own pirate adventure comes true when a swashbuckling Corsair named Mr. Flynn wakens Baltazar from his dreams. Captain Redlocks wants him to help them find Greybeardís treasure. They have the map, but one corner is missing. Baltazar, Greybeardís great-great-grandson, knows just where to look, so the Corsairs set sail aboard the Cutlass for Treasure Isle.

Of course, the island doesnít resemble the place Greybeard visited. Now, itís an amusement park and the Corsairs must pan for gold, brave the rapids, soar aboard The Flying Dutchman, and survive ambushes at the Inn by the Spanish Main before they venture into Gamblersí Cove. While they win treasure there, they still havenít found Greybeardís chest. Will they survive the daring, and sometimes fearsome, adventures still in store for them at Treasure Isle? Do they find the buried treasure in time? Can they escape the parkís guards?

An amusement park beset by pirates is a winning combination.  Young pirate apprentices will enjoy this wild ride as Baltazar and his new friends search for treasure. At thirty-nine pages, it is longer than the usual picture book, but itís geared toward children who can read. Even so, younger pirates will also enjoy having the story read to them as they explore the intricate and wonderful artwork that fills each page.

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