Big Bad Ironclad! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Series)

Big Bad Ironclad! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Series)

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Each of the books in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales has elements of the strange but true and is presented in an engaging, funny format, highlighting the larger-than-life characters that pop up in real history. Big Bad Ironclad! covers the history of the amazing ironclad steam warships used in the Civil War.
From the ship’s inventor, who had a

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Each of the books in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales has elements of the strange but true and is presented in an engaging, funny format, highlighting the larger-than-life characters that pop up in real history. Big Bad Ironclad! covers the history of the amazing ironclad steam warships used in the Civil War.
From the ship’s inventor, who had a history of blowing things up and only 100 days to complete his project, to the mischievous William Cushing, who pranked his way through the whole war, this book is filled with surprisingly true facts and funny, brave characters that modern readers will easily relate to.

Praise for Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad
"Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts."
Kirkus Reviews

"Readers interested in American history will enjoy these graphic novels... Comic panels of varying sizes enhance the real-life events and support the stories’ over-the-top humor... the writing is accessible and entertaining; author Hale’s style gives readers an insider-y, you-are-there-type scoop."
Horn Book

Award:
New York Public Library’s Children's Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
No, there is not a mistake with the author's name. The Nathan Hale in history was executed as a spy in 1776. The author Nathan Hale was born in 1976 and writes this story about the Civil War. During the Civil War ships were used for battle, but the downfall of that was that boats sunk when cannon balls hit them. In this story, someone comes up with the brilliant idea of covering the ship in iron; but the question is, will the ship still float or will it be too heavy and sink? Both the North and South want to find out and the race began to see who would complete the new ship first. In this book there is humor, characters that are just amazing, and I was pleasantly surprised to find many historical facts about the Civil War. I also found the vocabulary used is excellent and explained. For example: "King George's unstoppable Navy will become totally obsolete." "Obsa what?" "Obsolete, it means useless." This is a great book to hook kids on history. The story runs smoothly, the illustrations are terrific, and it is a book that can been read over and over again and still be interesting. Both boys and girls will enjoy it and it would make a perfect gift. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
According to this version of history, just before Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale was hanged for spying on the British, a giant American history book swallowed him up and filled him with hundreds of years of future American history. What follows is his narration of historical events for an audience of a foolish hangman and an absent-minded prison guard who promise to delay his hanging as long as he has stories to tell. Told in graphic novel format, these two books allow for a whole series of stories based on great moments in American History. While the first book, One Dead Spy, is about how Nathan Hale finds himself accused of spying and on the gallows (and uttering his famous last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."), the second book in the series jumps ahead to the 1800s. In the second story, Big Bad Ironclad, Hale regales the hangman and the prison guard with a tale about ironclad war ships and the Civil War. Albeit a fantasy premise, Hale's hazardous tales are based in fact. The Nathan Hale character tells the stories straight, while the silly hangman and prison guard comment and ask questions adding a lighthearted quality. The self-aware qualities of the book are sure to secure an audience. The way the graphic novel format invigorates American history will appeal to a variety of readers, even those not already committed to graphic novel storytelling. (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale) Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
Kirkus Reviews
Travel with Nathan Hale back to 1861 for the famous Civil War battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, the war's first ironclad ships. Unless readers have read Hale's One Dead Spy (2012) first, they may well wonder why the famous spy Nathan Hale, hanged for espionage in 1776, is telling this future story of naval warfare during the Civil War. It turns out that Nathan Hale--the spy, not the author--was standing at the gallows when he was swallowed by a giant book of American history. He lives to tell about it and, presumably, other tales of America for future volumes of Hazardous Tales. This volume, completed prior to One Dead Spy, is a wild ride of a graphic novel, featuring not only Nathan Hale, but his hangman, a fox representing Gustavus Fox, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and the various participants in the battle. Sketched, inked and colored in Photoshop, the two-color, frenetic volume succeeds in presenting the chaos of war. The backmatter is notable for its informative biographies of key players, a timeline, and a small but well-selected bibliography. Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419703959
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Series:
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
57,403
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
GN280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nathan Hale is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge, which was an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA Notable Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens and earned three starred reviews. He is also the illustrator of several picture books. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two children.

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Big Bad Ironclad! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Nikki_Mansfield More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series when it came out and highly enjoyed it, but three years have gone by before I got around to reading this next one! I loved this also but didn't find it near so funny. That may have been, though, that this was an entirely new subject for me. I have read many, many books about or take place during the Civil War but have never come across the navy aspect of it. Of course, I've heard of the Monitor and the Merrimac but this is my first introduction to them. This book is incredibly educational while being silly and fantastical at the same time. While Nathan Hale is the storyteller it is his sidekicks the Executioner and the British Redcoat that are the main feature of the series success. This is a wonderful introduction to all the people involved in the naval battles of the Civil War, what the military aspects of it were and how it was fought and won. The most intriguing character throughout this book is William Cushing, someone I'd love to read about again. Following the story, like the previous book, is a brief bio on all the major historical characters and a bibliography. The jokes are funny, the story is a riot and history comes alive. I'm really looking forward to the next book which is on one of my favourite frontier stories, the Donner Party! 
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