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Great for Fans of Hazardous Tales
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
That story about chopping down the cherry tree that has been trotted out a million times and made into thousands of bulletin boards? Not true! Presidential misinformation isn't a new thing, and this graphic novel finds issue with this, especially when the truth about George Washington is even more fascinating than the manufactured tales!

There are a number of anecdotes from Washington's life, starting when he was young and continuing through his military and political career, following him all the way to his death. Highlights include the Battle of the Monongahela, skirmishes with Hessians, and the Battle of Trenton, but there is also interesting information about the Constitutional Congress and a very intriguing discussion of Washington's fraught relationship with owning slaves.
Good Points
Told in an over-the-top humorous was, with occasional depictions of Washington in modern settings, like a school bus or with him in basketball shorts going up for a basket, nothing is sacred. After reading through all of the giggle worthy entries, it was good to see an informative time line, glossary, and well rounded bibliography at the end of the book.

Readers who adore Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales or what a funnier or more illustrated version of Tarshis' I Survived Books will laugh at the brightly colored, fast-paced tales of Washington's derring-do, and may even learn a thing or two.

Since the Hazardous Tales don't do well in my library, I don't think I will purchase this book. The text is small, and there's a lot of it jammed on the page, and my graphic novel readers are likely to check this out and bring it right back.
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