A fascinating and entertaining biography of Alexander Hamilton, in graphic novel format.
Alexander Hamilton: The Fighting Founding Father! tells the story of one of the most ambitious and controversial figures in American history in a graphic novel format. From a rough childhood on the Caribbean island of Nevis to the highest levels of American politics, Alexander Hamilton’s life was filled with adventure, conflict, and controversy. Full-color illustrations and an entertaining narrative make this graphical biography of America’s first Secretary of the Treasury accessible for readers of all ages.
Mark Shulman has written more than 150 books for kids of all ages, including illustrated stories for Marvel Comics, Scholastic, Chronicle Books, Simon & Schuster, and more. Their subjects include The Incredible Hulk, Madagascar, Shamu the orca, The Amazing World of Gumball, and others. Mark started reading comics when they cost just 15 cents and hasn't stopped. He's still got Silver Surfer #1 in very fine condition, and he's not letting it go.
Kelly Tindall, the award-winning writer/artist of The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much and the Strangebeard series, makes one heck of a good sandwich. He lives in Edmonton, Canada, with his wife and two daughters. For more of his work, follow him on Instagram (@mrkellytindall).
SHOW ME HISTORY SERIES. PORTABLE. GR. 3–7. (4 TITLES) Abraham Lincoln: Defender of the Union! By Mark Shulman. Illus. by Tom Martin. 2019. 96p. $12.99 (9781684125449). 973.7092. Alexander Hamilton: The Fighting Founding Father! By Mark Shulman. Illus. by Kelly Tindall and John Roshell. 2019. 96p. $12.99 (9781684125432). 973.4092. Amelia Earhart: Pioneer of the Sky! By James Buckley Jr. Illus. by Kelly Tindall and John Roshell. 2019. 96p. $12.99 (9781684125456). 629.13092. Martin Luther King Jr: Voice for Equality! By James Buckley Jr. Illus. by YouNeek Studios and John Roshell. 2019. 96p. $12.99 (9781684125463). 323.092. Bunking the notion that history is dull, these titles in the Show Me History! series convey the lives of notable historical figures through colorful and spirited cartoons. The young narrators are Libby, an African American “Lady Liberty,” and Sam, a white, patriotically attired teen who will one day be known as “Uncle Sam.” The books’ conversational tone, with occasional surprises and humorous exchanges, describe the high and low points of each figure and his or her impact on American history. In addition, color-coded speech balloons and stylized fonts reflect actual quotes and writings. Abraham Lincoln recounts the numerous setbacks and rivalries Lincoln experienced on the road to the presidency and during the Civil War. Alexander Hamilton relates how Hamilton’s childhood experiences influenced his service under General George Washington during the American Revolution and how he helped found a new nation, creating a national bank, for example. Amelia Earhart documents the aviator’s record-setting firsts, her role as a feminist, and how her disappearance continues to turn out new facts and conspiracy theories. Martin Luther King Jr. traces how this civil rights activist fought for racial equality through nonviolent messages and protests. Each biography concludes with a round-up of related individuals, a time line, a glossary, and a list of resources. This series makes history approachable and engaging, especially for reluctant readers.
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