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Big Bad Ironclad!

A Civil War Steamship Showdown

Hale, Nathan, 1976-

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Big Bad Ironclad!

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Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781419703959
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC H
Characteristics: 118 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm


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Warning, contains: “blockade-runners, privateers, burning shipyards . . .” The year 1861 was never so much fun.

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Dec 24, 2013
  • JCLLeslieN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Makes history fun!

Nov 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I say that this series bears some similarities to other historical graphic novel series, but the fact of the matter is, and let's face it, they're 500% more fun than any of their competitors out there. The fictional trope of Nathan Hale telling his story to the child stand-in hangman and grown-up/authority figure stand-in of the Provost Marshal gives him the perfect Greek chorus. Against the hangman's silliness and the Marshall's pomposity Hale has the perfect dual comic foil. The end result is a comic book series that will amuse and teach and teach and amuse and generally please parents, teacher, and kids alike. A truly rare beast.


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Jul 27, 2014
  • lchodorow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

lchodorow thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

Nov 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Big Bad Ironclad is actually even stronger than its predecessor. By this point Hale has expanded a bit and isn’t restricting himself to mere Revolutionary War stories. We’ve skipped forward to the Civil War, which makes for kooky stories galore. I’m sure I’d heard the story of the Merrimack and the Monitor but never in such glowing terms. Hale rightly seeks out and brings to light the story of William Barker Cushing, a prankster who used his pranking skills to help win the war for the Union, as well as a cussing Swede and other interesting folks involved in the Civil War’s naval battles. Also, by book #2 Hale is giving himself a little more literary leeway. A character with the last name of Fox is presented as a walking talking fuzzy animal, acknowledged as too crazy to be accurate, but giving the book a bit of that old kid-friendly zing.


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