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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.
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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."
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Baker & Taylor
"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"--Publisher's web site.

Baker
& Taylor

Each of the books in the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series has elements of the strange but true and is presented in an engaging format, highlighting the larger-than-life characters that pop up in real history.
Revolutionary War spy, Nathan Hale, tells a hangman and British officer about the ironclad steam warships used in the Civil War.

Authors: Hale, Nathan, 1976-
Statement of Responsibility: text and illustrations, Nathan Hale
Title: Big bad ironclad!
a Civil War steamship showdown
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012
Characteristics: 118 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm
Content Type: text, still image
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Map on endpapers
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Cartoons and comics United States. Navy History Civil War, 1861-1865 Cartoons and comics Confederate States of America. Navy History Cartoons and comics Cartoons and comics
Topical Term: Cartoons and comics
ISBN: 9781419703959
1419703951
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC H
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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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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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