Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood
by Nathan Hale
Amulet Books, 2014. 124 pages. Graphic Novel, ages 8+.
Nathan Hale has created another masterpiece in this fourth installment of the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series. This time, he tackles World War I, focusing mostly on the western front. While WWI is not an easy war to explain to kids (let alone adults), Hale succeeds in making the people, scenarios, and situations understandable. He narrates through the soldier Nathan Hale (who shares his namesake) from the Revolutionary War, a comical hangman, and practical provost, who allow him to combine the sobering realities of the war with many laugh out loud moments. Upon the hangman's insistence, each country is represented by an animal, making the events of the war easier to follow along. The amount of research is phenomenal. The illustrations and dialogue are brilliant. If you enjoy history (or want to enjoy history), make sure you read Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.
Here are links to other books in the series from our blog:
One Dead Spy
Donner Dinner Party
Hazardous Tales Display