“A Mighty Imagination” Review of Mighty Moby

Julie Danielson (maestra of the wonderful blog about childrens books Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) offers an in-depth review of Mighty Moby analyzes the art and writing at Kirkus Reviews:

“Action and tension are the name of the game here; the reader hardly takes a breath until the twist ending. It’s a page-turner.”

Mighty Moby Starred Review School Library Journal

✭    Mighty Moby has received another starred review, this one from School Library Journal:

“Capturing the spectacle of the original and adding hints of humor may make this the preferred version of the classic for all ages. A masterpiece of bookmaking.” Read the whole review at SLJ.


Bob Dylan on Moby Dick

In his Nobel speech, Bob Dylan cited Moby Dick as an important influence on his work along with All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey.

Moby Dick is a fascinating book, a book that’s filled with scenes of high drama and dramatic dialogue. The book makes demands on you. The plot is straightforward. The mysterious Captain Ahab – captain of a ship called the Pequod –  an egomaniac with a peg leg pursuing his nemesis, the great white whale Moby Dick who took his leg. And he pursues him all the way from the Atlantic around the tip of Africa and into the Indian Ocean. He pursues the whale around both sides of the earth. It’s an abstract goal, nothing concrete or definite. He calls Moby the emperor, sees him as the embodiment of evil. Ahab’s got a wife and child back in Nantucket that he reminisces about now and again. You can anticipate what will happen.” Read or watch his full address.

MIGHTY MOBY Starred Review

Kirkus Reviews has given Mighty Moby a starred review:

“Following Nighttime Ninja (2012), Young and DaCosta collaborate once again, this time infusing the sense and spirit of Moby-Dick (with a twist) into a picture book.
As the book opens, a crew of whalemen longs to be homeward bound, their combined voices echoing sea chanteys …. the chase for Moby Dick is on, extending page after dramatic page …. illustrative complexity rewards readers who look deeply, engaging both their perceptions and emotions …. Stunning illustrations and authentic words grace this unusually sophisticated picture book.”

Read the complete article at Kirkus Reviews

Ed Young on Cat From Hunger Mountain & Mighty Moby

cat-from-hunger-mountainOn this podcast of All the Wonders, you can hear childrens’ book artist Ed Young talk about his recent creations The Cat From Hunger Mountain, about Mighty Moby, and his inspirational thoughts on creativity.

* “Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Young has created another stunning and meaningful picture book to be enjoyed by all ages. This book is exquisite in text, tone, and illustration. A compelling fable that is crucial for humanity and will spark meaningful classroom conversations.”  –School Library Journal, starred review

This entry was posted on February 5, 2017.

Moby Dick Readathon

  21st annual moby-dick marathon logoThe New Bedford Whaling Museum’s  annual Moby Dick readathon will take place January 6–8, 2017. Now in its  21th year, the 25-hour nonstop public reading of the book is done by volunteers in various languages and with music.


Mighty Moby Scheduled for Release

Take the sea voyage of your life in Ed Young and Barbara DaCosta’s latest collaboration, Mighty Moby! Creators of the bestselling, award-winner Nighttime Ninja, Young and DaCosta have crafted another thrilling timeless adventure, this time based on Herman Melville’s great novel Moby Dick.

Available August 1, 2017 (Little, Brown).

Ed Young’s newest book, Cat from Hunger Mountain, has received a starred review from Kirkus. “….The well-paced fable is visually stunning, as photographs, textured paper, string, and other materials combine into magnificent paper collage illustrations. In a time when almost all illustrators use digital manipulation, this artist only needs paper and scissors to assemble a brilliant image. Young is at the height of his powers in this fable that offers a feast for the eyes, mind, and soul. A visual masterpiece.” Young received the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po, and Caldecott Honors for Jane Yolen’s The Emperor and His Kite, and Seven Blind Mice. Ed Young and Barbara DaCosta won the Children’s Choice Award for Nighttime Ninja.







Stove by a Whale Exhibit

Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days
McCausland Gallery, Whaling Museum
Nantucket Historical Association

13 Broad Street
April 24, 2015 through November 2016

It’s November 1820, and the crew of the whaleship Essex take to their boats after an enraged sperm whale destroys their ship. Follow twenty sailors as they attempt to sail thousands of miles across the Pacific to safety with limited food and water. Along the way, learn about Nantucket in its whaling heyday and visit islands in the Pacific. See how the survivors’ tragic tale has been retold time and again in classic sea stories, in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and in the contemporary film In the Heart of the Sea.

Can a Sperm Whale Sink a Ship?

Have you ever wondered if Moby Dick could have actually sunk the Pequod? Scientists have studied the anatomy of sperm whales, and have concluded that the sperm whale skull has compartments that act as shock absorbers. Read more about it here in the Christian Science Monitor.

Moby Dick, the Opera

Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick returns to the Dallas Opera November 2016, where it received its world premiere in 2010! The starry cast includes Jay Hunter Morris (Ahab), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn) and Musa Ngqungwana (Queequeg); Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts; director Leonard Foglia brings his iconic production back to the Winspear Opera House with sets by Robert Brill and projections by Elaine J McCarthy
The opera has previously been performed in San Diego, Calgery, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The San Francisco Opera performance was recorded by PBS, and is available on video.