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Title: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood
Author: Nathan Hale
Illustrator: Nathan Hale
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Spy Nathan Hale, the Provost, and the Hangman are back in book four of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series to give an overview of the events of World War I. Staying true to the past installments, it presents a very heavy topic with the perfect blend of humor and gravity. Each country is represented by a different animal (often times coinciding with the country’s national animal), but at key points in the narrative characters are drawn as human to remind readers that these are events that actually took place. It also illuminates how destructive and world changing emerging technologies were as soldiers entered the war on horseback and left it in tanks. Mapping out and explaining the events of WWI is a massive undertaking and Hale does an excellent job. This story is not meant to be a final stop in learning about WWI, but a beginning to give readers a context for other aspects of the war.
The Amulet Books Graphic Novel Teaching Guide has multiple ideas for how to use this graphic novel across curriculum as well as how reading it can be used to fulfill common core standards.
Graphic Novel Classroom Kits
Teachers/Librarians: To find out how to borrow graphic novels to use with your students, click here.
I Kill Giants
Joe Kelly (Author), J. M. Ken Niimura (Illustrator)
Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home. The story is heart wrenching and wonderful at the same time. This work is an example of why comic books are not only art, but a necessary medium to tell a full story. The art blends so well with the writing you will find yourself thinking “Did I just read a comic or a small beautiful novel ?” Truly an example of why comic books/graphic novels are great.