Moby-Dick Cover


Or, the Whale

By Herman Melville; Jan Needle (Retold by); Patrick Benson (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763642136, 182pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

Welcome two new Candlewick Illustrated Classics
These collectible editions bring treasured stories to life with lavish full-color interior illustrations and elegant French flaps.
Jan Needle abridges Herman Melville's epic to focus on the intensely dramatic story of Captain Ahab's ill-fated quest for the white whale, while Patrick Benson's powerful illustrations evoke the lost world of whaling
in enormous detail. A compelling invitation to readers who may one day explore the full text of Moby-Dick.

About the Author
Herman Melville (1819-1891) worked as a bank clerk, farmhand, and teacher before going to sea, starting as a cabin boy and ultimately joining the U.S. Navy. He is best known for Moby-Dick, one of the greatest works of American literature.

Patrick Benson has illustrated dozens of children's books, including OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell, SQUEAK'S GOOD IDEA by Max Eilenberg, THE SEA-THING CHILD by Russell Hoban, and THE MINPINS by Roald Dahl. The recipient of a Mother Goose Award in 1984, Patrick Benson lives in Hawick, England.