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Series: Stitch Head #2
Published by Stripes on April 1, 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Science Fiction
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After the successful defence of Castle Grotteskew from the evil clutches of Fulbert Freakfinder, life returns to normal for Stitch Head, until his master, Mad Professor Erasmus, leaves the castle to accept the prestigious Lifetime of Mad Professoring Award ...and doesn't come back. At last, Stitch Head is free to start a new life, and decides to live his dream and set sail for an almost-life on the high seas...But all is not as it seems, and soon Stitch Head, the Creature and Arabella find themselves racing across the waves in an attempt to rescue the professor from the clutches of a mysterious enemy...
Stitch Head is like Frankenstein for children. See, in Frankenstein the Doctor creates this creature that is sadly misunderstood, rejected by his creator, and is a rather sensitive creature who only wants friends. And Stitch Head, though given his name my his maker, is abandoned and just wants to be friends, and make people nice. I know, this all seems a little heavy for a children’s book, but I love it!
In The Pirate’s Eye, Stitch Head is abandoned by his master yet again when he learns that he has won an award. Stitch Head is, of course, rather upset by the fact that his Master abandoned him, and when the Creature and Arabella try to comfort him they find a pirate’s diary. It’s then that Arabella notes that Statch Head has the pirate’s eye!
Stitch Head decides that since his master has abandoned them, then it’s time to seek out adventure and become a pirate. With the help of his friends he builds a boat and they prepare to sail away… only to discover that things aren’t exactly what they thought and Stitch Head is forced to save the day once more.
This series is… I don’t want to say cute, but the artwork is amazing, and the writing is sharp and snappy. The first book was a hit with my son, and though he’s yet to read this one, he plans on it. Stitch Head spends a lot of time on self-discovery in this book, learning about the kind of person he is, and who he wants to be. It was nice to see him take charge the way that he did, and that he’s starting to grow into his own, making this an excellent book for young, shy children.
And, again, I really, really love that it has those Frankenstein elements. While the term galvanization isn’t used, the act itself is in how Stitch Head was created, and how Stitch Head creates his own monster. But unlike in Frankenstein, this creation has made friends and has found acceptance. I would definitely recommend this book for people of all ages! (Especially children.)