Big Bad Ironclad! (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #2)

A Civil War Tale


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Nathan Hale


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.”
– Horn Book

New York Public Library’s Children’s Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list

Additional information

Weight 354 g
Dimensions 14.8 x 19.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 September 2012
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.8 x 19.7 cm
Weight 354 g


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Nathan Hale is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge, which was an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA Notable Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens and earned three starred reviews. He is also the illustrator of several picture books. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two children.