A Revolutionary War Tale

Graphic Novel - 2018
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Tells the story of the Marquis de Lafayette, both what happened before and during the American Revolution, including all the Frenchman's escapades across France and the colonies.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781419731488
Characteristics: 127 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.


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Sep 13, 2020

Absolutely amazing! I utterly loved this! Nathan Hale does an amazing job in this <i>Hazardous Tales</i> addition which covers America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman, 'Lafayette!'

The portrayal of Lafayette is utterly hilarious. An outgoing young man, eager for glory, to make his mark on the world, this book is a great introduction to the man for younger readers, as well as a great introduction to the American Revolution overall. The artwork is perfect as well, and greatly adds to the humor of many of the situations Lafayette finds himself in.

Perhaps my only quibble is that I had hoped to see the issue of slavery addressed a bit more. There is, admittedly one scene that touches on it, but I had hoped to see a bit of something that pertained to Lafayette's own views on slavery. The story of James Armistead Lafayette would have been an interesting addition, particularly if it's pointed out how James Armistead Lafayette served under Lafayette in the lead up to Yorktown and through the battle itself, and how the man later secured his freedom with Lafayette's support.

That aside, the book was wonderful! Definitely worth a read!

May 12, 2019

View pre-revolution era France and the colonies mid revolution in this tale focused on Lafayette. Although this is a graphic novel, it contains a large amount of information. We begin with the death of Lafayette's father (in a war with the British). His childhood in France trains him for battle and stokes the anti-British sentiments he was born with. When he is finally able to sail to the colonies (love the graphics that were always used to show Lafayette sailing across the Atlantic), he meets General Washington and establishes a rapport that lasts throughout the war. The bravery and tenacity of Lafayette were most definitely a huge help in victory. Would like to see a Lafayette 2.0 and learn more about the French Revolution.

Apr 12, 2019


Mar 16, 2019

this is fun to read even though the author has a sometimes funny style of drawing faces & heads(I think he does better than I could on those bodily parts). He does a good job on details that are needed to follow the story. I would recommend this Author to Teachers who are trying to get their students to learn about history and some of the characters involved in it.

OPL_KrisC Jan 10, 2019

A hilarious and educational illustrated biography about Lafayette.

Jan 01, 2019

Just say "oui" to this illustrated biography of Lafayette's involvement in the American Revolution. There is a little of his early life represented, and a lot of his campaigns with Washington and his value in bringing France to aid the American cause. It's hard not to be charmed by this tale of a man who earnestly did his best.

Give to any kid (or teen or adult) who likes the humor of the musical Hamilton and wants something just as lively and engrossing, though slightly less, well, musical. (Don't worry, the artwork and entertaining side characters definitely make up for the lack of complex rhyme schemes.)

Dec 13, 2018

Well! This is not what I learned in dry history books!
Think as Great Britain's version of Vietnam war. GB had trouble in counterinsurgency or Rebels hit & run or blend into the population. GB superpower status got taken down by rabble rousing upstart. US was broke after the war & they liquidated the Native Americans to expand westwards just like Vietnamese on Hmong & ethnic Chinese to get their land. France meddled in cold war against its superpower rival with "military aid" & "technical advisors". Course, they paid a huge price on overspending.
Kudos on author to bring the human side & lowbrow humor in a bloody dark chapter.

Dec 06, 2018

Poor Lafayette! I'm glad he found Washington!

Jun 02, 2018

i need dis


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