Legendary buccaneers need a youngster’s help to find a long lost treasure! It’s like if the Pirates of the Caribbean let loose to search Disneyland!
Ages ago, Greybeard hid his treasure chest from fellow swashbucklers. Ever since, the beautiful Captain and her infamous Corsairs have searched for it, but their map missed the key piece. Tonight Redlocks recruits Greybeard’s descendant, young Baltazar, to help locate the long-lost riches. The boy leads the way, but now the bustling amusement park Treasure Island sits atop the buried booty. Join the crew of the flying Cutlass (a legendary cast that includes Hook, Long John Silver, and Black Bart) on a roller coaster to discover where “x” marks the spot. Can Baltazar help them strike pay dirt before their tickets expire?
Pirate lovers and their parents will get a kick out of this action-packed tale, illustrated by a professional animator who worked on the TV series Speed Racer: The Next Generation. Join this motley crew as they hop aboard exciting theme park rides: from the log water slide and ship pendulum to carnival games and the ferris wheel. Kids will enjoy this adventure since it combines the fun memories of summer vacations with the timeless pleasure of a treasure hunt.
"I enjoyed the book immensely and found it utterly chARRRRRming! A dreamy holiday for a wee pirate with some colorful swashbuckling characters!" - Cap'n Slappy, co-founder of Talk Like a Pirate Day
"Let's see... a jolly band of misfit pirates take their flying ship to an amusement park in search of treasure - while there they're bombarded with parents wanting to take pictures, kids thinking it's ok to climb on the pirates, and security guards who just don't understand that it's all in good fun....Baltazar and the Flying Pirates is more or less the tale I just described, brought to life in colorful, friendly artwork. The pirates are a misfit crew indeed, with some members you may recognize (Anne Bonney, Long John Silver) and still more that are new to this story (Flynn, Captain Redlocks, Big Queeq, etc.) Each is a character is unique and memorable as their names, to say nothing of the story's "every boy" protagonist, with the truly unusual name of Baltazar. It's an amusing story that should be well enjoyed by any younger buccaneers, along with their parents, older siblings, or captains.” - Bilge Munky
“Movies and television shows have altered what captivates and entertains our kids during story time these days. Although classic stories will always make a wonderful addition to any collection, children often look for more engaging visuals and storylines. In the new children’s picture book, Baltazar and the Flying Pirates, kids step right into a fun and beautifully illustrated adventure. Baltazar, a young boy with a very imaginative mind, has a dream about pirates and their treasure, bringing readers to an amusement park on a quest to find the pirates’ hidden treasure chest despite having an incomplete map and needing to overcome different obstacles. The story looks like an animated film, and the lively drawings prove perfect for inspiring little minds. Your child will not be disappointed by this story; in fact, don’t be surprised if you get requests to read it over and over again!” - Mom Central
"Justin is a very gifted artist who's classic style fills each page with fun and excitement. His old fashioned storytelling is an inspiration to many people." -Rick Lacy, illustrator, Labor Days
“An amusement park beset by pirates is a winning combination. Young pirate apprentices will enjoy this wild ride as Baltazar and his new friends search for treasure....younger pirates will also enjoy having the story read to them as they explore the intricate and wonderful artwork that fills each page.” - Pirates and Privateers
"Justin is an exceptional draftsman and illustrator. The quality he puts into his work is second to none!" - Patrick Tuorto, former Walt Disney Feature Animator
"The best part? The head pirate, Captain Redlocks, is a redheaded woman. Oh yes she is. And she captains the Cutlass, the fastest ship in the skies. Because not only men can be all swarthy and adventurous and brandish swords and wear cool black eye patches....My redheaded daughter and I think this book should immediately be made into a movie, since the stunning illustrations look like animation and the theme park tie-in is just too good for Hollywood to pass up. When it comes out, don't say I didn't tell you so.” - Cool Mom Picks
"Justin Roth is a talent. His drawings are full of life, and demonstrate all that is wonderful about traditional drawing and design. I am sure that this book will inspire and be cherished by art lovers and children alike."-Martin Wittig, illustrator