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Shackleton: The Voyage of the James Caird A Graphic Account Paperback – 22 April 2016
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- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848892810
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848892811
- Product Dimensions : 16.76 x 0.76 x 23.62 cm
- Publisher : The Collins Press (22 April 2016)
- Reading level : 10 - 13 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 969,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
"Through storm, burning cold, dehydration, disease, all 28 men returned after 22 "unexpected" months at sea; the book's a success, toono small feat for an oft-told tale." -- Kirkus Reviews "Kirkus Reviews"
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The writing provides a good amount of information without being an information dump. Considering that the book is based on historical events, with probably a lot of source material available, McCumiskey provides a good narrative while keeping the story relatively lean information-wise. The dialogue helps move the story along. The story could have easily been a very dry read, but the personable dialogue makes sure that it isn’t.
Lettering in the book is well done by Coleman throughout the book. It’s clear and easy to follow with good placement above the artwork. Also, the captions have a nice effect rendered on them to give the appearance of aged paper.
The art is well executed. The layouts make it easy for the reader to follow the story through each page. It displays a good understanding of the medium. The colours were a nice surprise too. Given that the story takes place in Antarctica and the surrounding waters, I wasn’t expecting the variety of colours that were used in the artwork. Some good choices of colours to give the art a sense of energy where it could have ended up being very muted or dull. There were one or two panels, and it was literally that few, where I had to work to figure out what was happening in the panel. I think this was down to the lack of contrast in the panels. It wasn’t easy to decipher what was background and what was the object of focus in the panels. A small complaint considering the rest of the book had no such problem.
I came to this book hoping to learn something about Shackleton and to also enjoy a good comic book. I’m happy to say that the team behind the book delivered on both counts. A good comic to pick up if you want a good introduction to the story of Shackleton and the voyage of the James Caird.
Stephen @ Irish Comic News
It was not for myself that I bought this book, but my daughter, aged 10 who is also dyslexic. She found the selection of books, for her age on Audible very poor and grew frustrated with the selection of so-called dyslexic friendly publications on the market. We found this book in a local shop and I bought it by chance as she had studied Tom Crean in school the year before.
At first, she did not read this, but rather glanced at the pages and the beautiful illustrations. After this she tried to copy the illustrations, highlighting the distinct characters in the book. She was gripped by the beauty of the book but held by the story telling. It was after this that the reading began and it has not stopped since.
The book is not only full of amazing images and crafted in the manner in which it is put together, but it has the storytelling to match. After my daughter read this she began to pick up previously discarded books in the house. When I asked her about this she simply said, "If a lad from Athy could lead the crew of the Endurance through those troubles then a 10-year-old dyslexic girl could manage a few books. "
If you know a dyslexic child, buy them this book. It changed my daughter's outlook on reading. As a dyslexic person who loves books, this was a seismic shift in her life and it has brought us closer as a family. We can not thank Gavin McCumiskey & David Butler enough for this breakthrough book. We can not wait for the next publication, we are hoping it is a woman, who overcame hardship while sailing and went on to be one of the best in the world, Annalise Murphy.
5 stars all the way.
Thank you, Guys.