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Horrendo's Curse

The Graphic Novel

by (author) Anna Fienberg

illustrated by Remy Simard

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6


A riotous adventure of pirates (and good manners) on the high seas, now in a graphic novel.

There never lived a boy more polite than Horrendo. Cursed at birth, he can speak only kind words while everyone else in his village spews revolting insults. But as his twelfth birthday arrives, Horrendo’s very good manners are about to get him into a heap of trouble.
Each year, pirates come to the village and abduct all the twelve-year-old boys as their slaves. Despite training in Herculean Headlocks, Rude Remarks, and Oar Throwing, Horrendo and his friends are worked to the bone aboard the ship. Horrendo endures with typical good grace, winning over the pirates’ stomachs with his delectable cooking—but enraging the heartless Captain.

When Horrendo hatches a cunning escape plan, a hazardous journey to a deserted island ensues. In the end, teamwork prevails, and the boys return home, forever changed, with their new pirate friends.

Adapted from Anna Fienberg’s acclaimed story, this deliciously entertaining graphic novel sparkles with wicked wordplay, fierce fights, and colorful characters. Rémy Simard’s action-packed illustrations, bursting with energy and humor, make Horrendo’s Curse a delight for readers .

About the authors

by Anna Fienberg ; illustrated by Kim Gamble

Anna Fienberg's profile page


RÉMY SIMARD est une figure importante du monde québécois de l’édition. Il est à la fois bédéiste, illustrateur et auteur d’albums et de romans pour la jeunesse. Il a aussi dirigé une maison d’édition consacrée à la bande dessinée avant de travailler comme directeur de collection jeunesse. Rémy vit à Montréal, au Québec.


Rémy Simard has illustrated many books for children. He is also the author of a series of graphic novels which is being adapted for television. Rémy has been shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and is well known and regarded for his comic style. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.


Remy Simard's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“… the pictures make the action easy to follow, and the theme is as sweet as Horrendo’s delectable French toast.” —Kirkus Reviews, 08/28/13

“Kooistra’s clever adaptation of the story and Simard’s bold-coloured, sharp-edged illustrations set the tone for this nail-biting adventure.”—ABQLA Bulletin, 08/14

“… rollicking, rude, and rambunctious, offering fast-paced dialogue and an entertaining straightforward plot with a little romance thrown in.”—CM Reviews, 11/08/13

“A lighthearted lesson in the benefits of killing ’em with kindness.”—Publishers Weekly, 09/09/13

“I liked this book because Horrendo is so heroic for a twelve year old.”—Canadian Teacher Magazine (Kids’ Picks), 04/14

“… a light-hearted and quirky story that brings together fearsome pirates and mischievous children on an incredible adventure.” —Resource Links, 12/13

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