The Serpent Came to Gloucester

The Serpent Came to Gloucester

By M. T. Anderson; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763620387, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 2005

Drawing on a true story, an award-winning author and illustrator present a picture-book tribute to the beauty and mystery of the ocean, and to the mesmerizing creatures that may frolic there.
It came from the sea, from the lonely sea,
It came from the glittering sea.
In a small Massachusetts fishing village in August of 1817, dozens of citizens claimed to have seen an enormous sea serpent swimming off the coast. Terrified at first, the people of Gloucester eventually became quite accustomed to their new neighbor. Adventure seekers came from miles around to study the serpent and aggressively hunt it down, but the creature eluded capture. The Gloucester sea serpent was then, and remains now, a complete mystery.
Reviving the rhythms and tone of a traditional sea chanty, M.T. Anderson recounts this exhilarating sea adventure through the eyes of a little boy who secretly hopes for the serpent's survival. The author's captivating verse is paired with Bagram Ibatoulline's luminous paintings, created in the spirit of nineteenth-century New England maritime artists.

About the Author
M.T. Anderson is the author of the Pals in Peril series; "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing", which won the National Book Award; "The Game of Sunken Places"; "Burger Wuss"; "Thirsty"; and "Feed", which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book, and the winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Omsk, Russia, and attended the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design, and is adept at painting in different styles. This is hisfirst book for Clarion. He lives in Chichester, New York.