The Jolly Regina (The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters Book 1)
By Kara LaReau
Illustrator Jen Hill
  • Imprint: Amulet Paperbacks
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2018
  • Price: $7.99
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 7 12
  • ISBN: 1-4197-2605-6
  • EAN: 9781419726057
  • Page Count: 184
  • Illustrations: Black-and-white illustrations throughout
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: World/All
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In the spirit of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters stars Jaundice and Kale Bland—two sisters who avoid excitement at any cost. Instead, they eat tasteless oatmeal, rarely venture into bright sunlight, and read only Dr. Snoote’s Dictionary, because storybooks are just too thrilling. Together, they await the return of their parents, who left for an errand years ago and have never come back.

One day, a knock on the door leads to the Bland sisters’ kidnapping by an all-female band of pirates—but this is only the beginning of their escapades. Filled with Roald Dahl–esque humor, hilarious high jinks, and swashbuckling, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina will appeal to middle-grade readers looking for an anything-but-bland adventure.

Praise

"LaReau serves her humor dry, adding some serious swashbuckling for good measure...Meanwhile Hill's pen-and-ink cartoons give the book precisely the right strange and silly tone."
Kirkus
"With dry humor and a touch of snark, this first book of a new series is a smart choice for readers who have mastered Bink & Gollie but aren't quite ready for Lemony Snicket."
School Library Connection
"Filled with puns, intrigue, and ample evidence that women make excellent—and ruthless—pirates, it’s a promising introduction to the Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters series."
Publishers Weekly
"Replete with puns, gags, and life lessons, this transgressive voyage may “ketch” fans of envelope pushers like Barry Yourgrau, Alan Katz, or Roald Dahl."
Booklist
"Plenty of references to booty and poop decks make for easy humor, while more subtle comedy comes from the deadpan third-person narration."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the author

Kara LaReau was an editor for many years before becoming a full-time writer. She has published many acclaimed picture books for children, as well as the middle-grade series The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters and The Infamous Ratsos. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.