Mocha Dick : the legend and fury

by Heinz, Brian J., 1946-

Format: Print Book 2014
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"A tour de force of design, story and illustration." - Kirkus Starred Review

In 1839, Herman Melville was among the New Yorkers who thrilled to a magazine account of a white sperm whale's attacks on whaling ships. That whale was named Mocha Dick, but 12 years later, he would be immortalized in fiction as Moby-Dick. Believed to have been active from 1810 to 1859, Mocha Dick was infamous for the ferocity of his retaliations against those who attempted to capture him. From the first recorded encounter near the South American island of Mocha till the fatal harpoon blow, Mocha Dick was a legend in his own time. In language befitting a sea lore, author Brain Heinz describes characteristic episodes of the great whale's life, as illustrator Randall Enos animates the tale in a textured style evocative of scrimshaw.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* For almost 50 years, a huge albino sperm whale spotted off Isla Mocha (whence the name Mocha Dick) antagonized whalers by aggressively attacking and evading their ships, and tales of this legendary leviathan went on to inspire Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Heinz and Enos dramatize a few accounts of Mocha Dick's activity in this beautifully designed picture book. When whalers spot Mocha Dick in 1810 and he handily escapes their harpoons, the sailors note his already scarred appearance. From then on, reports of an unstoppable white whale attacking whalers and even preventing dead whales from being brought aboard continue to roll in until 1859, when Mocha Dick is reported dead. Enos' linocut illustrations are simply stunning each mesmerizing, scrimshawlike composition contains a jumble of textures and brassy colors in each thrilling scene, from the concentric loops of a roiling sea to the rough, jagged shape of a crushed hull. The whale appears both vicious and mischievous, adding an extra dose of drama to Heinz's descriptive lines. While a list of sources or further reading would have been useful, most kiddos will be utterly entranced by the folk art-style illustrations, which seem to tell the story enough on their own.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Heinz's (Red Fox at McCloskey's Farm) history of the whale that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick is beautifully written, magnificently illustrated, and agonizing to read. The white whale Mocha Dick, named for the island off Chile whose waters he frequented, was hunted and wounded, but survived: "Six teeth were shattered, one eye made blind." His encounter with a harpoon made him a warrior bent on revenge. He pursued whalers and attacked them, sinking harpooners' boats and sending sailors to the bottom of the sea before he was tracked down and slaughtered by those whose cruelty drove him mad. Enos's (My Full Moon Is Square) superb linocuts recall 19th-century folk art. He combs the waves with curls and swells, then breaks them with the bulk of the breaching whale. The sailors who tumble out of their boats cry out of gaping, toothy mouths. In the borders, neatly labeled portraits of sea life and whaling tools ignore the mayhem within. Only the most resolute readers will come away unaffected: "Mocha Dick made a final lunge, but his strength ebbed away. His spirit was broken." Ages 6-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sperm whale -- Juvenile fiction.
Sperm whale -- Fiction.
Whales -- Fiction.
Whaling -- Fiction.
Publisher Mankato, MN :2014
Edition First edition.
Contributors Enos, Randall, illustrator.
Language English
Description 32 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN 9781568462424 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
1568462425 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
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