The Jolly Regina (the Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters Book 1) (Hardcover)

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By Kara Lareau, Jen Hill (Illustrator)
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Jaundice and Kale Bland are kidnapped by a crew of women pirates. The girl's strategy for being in the middle of a fight scene early on in the story is to pretend to be asleep. Although these girls are so dull they are resistant to change,it's fun to watch as they are put in a strange experience. It's a great early chapter book for a 7 to 9 year old to read on their own or to read aloud at bed time with a 5 or 6 year old who's just starting to read on their own. The book is full of references of classical nautical tales, and some excellent illustrations. This is the first in a series and a great way to get a girl or boy with a great sense of humor into reading.

-- Anna

— From Anna S. Staff Picks


In the spirit of A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters will captivate middle-grade readers looking for humor, hijinks, and a swashbuckling good time. Meet Jaundice and Kale Bland, two sisters who avoid excitement at any cost. Together, they patiently await the return of their parents, who left on an errand years ago and have never returned.

One day, the Bland sisters are kidnapped by an all-female band of pirates. They're unwillingly swept into a high-seas romp that might just lead to solving the mystery of what happened to their parents. With whimsical illustrations and Roald Dahl-esque wit, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters is the visually stunning, laugh-out-loud funny start to a new series for readers who are looking for an anything-but-bland adventure.

About the Author

Kara LaReau was an editor at Candlewick Press prior to becoming a full-time writer. She has published many acclaimed picture books for children including Ugly Fish, Rabbit & Squirrel, and Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars. Kara lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and son and their two cats.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419721366
ISBN-10: 1419721364
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 176
Language: English