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

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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
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Nov 25, 2012 Betsy rated it it was amazing
If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that fact. You could join Revolutionary War re-enactors on a regular basis and field unceasing questions about whether or not that is your real name. You could start writing historical fan fiction or fun alternative histories. Or you could follow in the footsteps of one Nathan Hale and write the number one funniest and best-written history-based graphic novel series on bookshelves tod ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Kami rated it it was amazing
- This was another hilarious and educational tale! I loved it!

- I really like that Nathan Hale (the spy) is still telling stories to the hangman and the redcoat. It's like Scheherezade telling stories to the king to stay alive.

- I didn't know there were naval battles in the Civil War! That is really cool.

- William Cushing was the best part of this book. He was hilarious and awesome! I love that he was a forerunner for the Navy Seals. I want to go research this guy some more.

- The Lego instructio
Oct 24, 2014 Mindy rated it liked it
I am not a fan of graphic novel. So the fact that I even made it through this book speaks to it's merits. My kids brought this book home from the bookmobile (yes we still have a bookmobile, and we love it!) I picked it up off the couch and ended up stealing it from my kids.
This GN is about the Monitor and the Merrimack, the first two ironclad warships during the Civil War. I found it interesting and informative. There were the same drawback I find with most GN's: the illustrations were at times
Barb Middleton
Book two continues the story of Nathan Hale who is still trying to avoid the noose by telling stories from the future in this hilarious graphic novel that involves the invention of ironclad warships in the Civil War. The childish hangman is back along with the cynical British Provost. Backdrop from the first book has four characters discussing how Nathan Hale was to be hanged as a spy when a humungous history book swallowed him whole then burped him up giving him the mysterious ability to see i ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Machaia rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of Hale's books, but still a fantastic addition. Also, it's worth reading for the exploits of William Cushing alone - hilarious!
Sep 30, 2016 JihoHa rated it it was amazing
It was fun and good book
Cade Salem
Sep 28, 2016 Cade Salem rated it really liked it
Funny book. Good parts in the book
Sep 28, 2016 JaydenT rated it it was amazing
it was a great book. i thought it was a good way to tell the civil war. :)
Matti Karjalainen
Lapsille ja nuorille suunnattu Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales -sarja kertoo amerikkalaisesta vakoojasta Nathan Halesta, joka jää Yhdysvaltain vapaussodassa brittijoukkojen vangiksi ja tuomitaan kuolemaan. Valtavan historiankirjan nielaisemaksi joutuneella Halella on kuitenkin kyky nähdä tulevaisuuteen, ja hän onnistuukin lykkäämään teloitustaan kertomalla jännittäviä tarinoita tulevaisuudesta (siis vuodesta 1776 eteenpäin). Vähän niin kuin Tuhannen ja yhden yön satuja -kehyskertomuksessa, siis.

Dec 30, 2014 Aurora rated it liked it
"Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad!" is a American history graphic novel about the Civil War. The story coincides with the other Nathan Hale books, as it is told by Nathan Hale. This time, Nathan Hale tells the Hangman and the British officer a tale from the "future" in the 1800s. Nathan Hale describes how the North and South are a war with each other. He also tells them how the sides are trying to develop new naval technology. After the South captures the Northern ship "The Merrim ...more
Joseph R.
Sep 15, 2015 Joseph R. rated it it was amazing
American patriot and colonial spy Nathan Hale continues regaling his executioners with tales from future history (because he got sucked into a book or something in the first volume--just go with it). Here he gives the story of the first armored naval vessels in the 1860s. The two most famous ones (because they were the first ones) are the Monitor and the Merrimack (renamed the Virginia), built by the United States and the Confederacy respectively. He describes not only their battles and ultimate ...more
NO NO NO NO NO. 0 stars. I can't even get passed the fly leaf. What I hoped to be a decent GN that blurs the lines of fiction/nonfiction with enough nonfiction some libraries put it in nonfiction collections had a rather large error on the fly leaf in a map differentiating between Union, Confederate, and boarder states and territories. It marks Kansas as a Confederate state. Granted it has been a while since my college Civil War class I double, triple and quadrupled checked to make sure I wasn't ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Even more delightful than the first one! The history book that swallowed Nathan Hale (the Revolutionary war hero, not the author) shows him the first naval battles of the Civil War, and he regales his hangman with a story about ironclad ships and what is essentially the first submarine! So much fun, and still informative!
Mar 25, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
I thought it was nice. It has some true things in it. I am going to tell you about one of the fictional parts. There was a talking fox who was in the Army and drove a boat! It takes place during the Civil War.
Sep 02, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
Did I mention that this series is by someone ALSO named Nathan Hale who was born exactly 200 years after the spy died because that would be a true statement.

I actually learned things in this book ?? about boats in the civil war ?? okay
Oct 02, 2015 Stuart rated it it was amazing
History was always one of my least favorite subjects in school. It never felt like I was taught anything interesting. It was just a large collection of important people, places, and dates. Anytime, there was something that remotely piqued my interest, it was glossed over or ignored. I believe a lot of people my age felt this way, and that if you asked someone what they most remembered from history they could tell you one of two things - "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue," or some variation ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Kittens123 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book. We had an assignment as school where we had to draw a 4 page comic about a famous person. I know someone who read this series, so I asked them about it. They recommended this book. I checked it out for educational purposes (reference), and now I'm reading the whole series. Overall, this is my favorite book in the series.
J. K. Allen
Oct 23, 2016 J. K. Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm something of a Civil War buff and a big fan of ironclads. I read this book in a morning and loved it! I so enjoyed the humor and storyline throughout. Highly recommended!
Niki Marinaro
Nov 30, 2016 Niki Marinaro rated it really liked it
It was ok but when I got not so far from the end it started to get violent sad and at parts it really boarded was cool in a way but still a dark way to show history but still good
Maren Johnson
Dec 29, 2016 Maren Johnson rated it really liked it
These books are hilarious! It's such a clever way to tell historical stories! I read these repeatedly. Because they're funny
Nick Podzimek12
Oct 26, 2016 Nick Podzimek12 rated it really liked it
This was a vary good book . it had so much action in the book .
Jan 05, 2017 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Everything you could possibly want in a historical comic book. Best one of the series.
Quinn Rollins
Nathan Hale has been a favorite local (Utah) author and artist for several years now. I first met him at a booksigning in suburban Salt Lake City, and casually followed what he was working on since then. Up until last year the highlight of his career has been the two graphic novels written by Shannon Hale (no relation): Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. Both are very entertaining takes on fairy tales, both come highly recommended by me.

Now Hale has his own series, taking stories from Americ
Ashley D--
I'm the least likely person I know who would pick up a book about the Civil War. I super don't care about American war histories, and I'm not really into war stories at all, but I picked this up because I liked The Underground Abductor, the book about Harriet Tubman in this series. I really enjoyed it, though it's not as unadulterated a love because so many of the "good guys" in this book had stuff in their biographies about being in the "Indian Wars". Kind of hard to root for these guys, though ...more
Evan Myers
Dec 15, 2015 Evan Myers rated it it was amazing
Amazingly written. Book two continues the story of Nathan Hale who is still trying to avoid the noose by telling stories from the future in this hilarious graphic novel that involves the invention of ironclad warships in the Civil War. The childish hangman is back along with the weird British Provost. Backdrop from the first book has four characters discussing how Nathan Hale was to be hanged as a spy when a humungous history book swallowed him whole then burped him up giving him the mysterious ...more
Mrs W
Apr 06, 2014 Mrs W rated it it was amazing
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Convicted spy Nathan Hale continues to distract his executioners from carrying out their duty of hanging him, this time with a tale from the Civil War. This carries on from the first book in the series, in which Hale is given knowledge of the entirety of American history in a magically goofy way. Therefore, even though he exists in the Revolutionary War, he can tell of events far in the future.

This book starts with the Union plan to weaken the Confederate states with a blockade of their supplies
Sep 30, 2016 Colton rated it really liked it
i really like these books this one is cool because i dident know what a iron clan even was and i dident know that it would float
Sep 28, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
It was ok not the best in the series
Becky B
Jul 27, 2014 Becky B rated it it was amazing
Nathan Hale (the historical figure, not the author), is standing at the gallows about to be hung when the executioners ask if he has a story to tell. Lucky for them, Hale has mystical powers to see into the future and tell them those tales (ok, so that part isn't historical, but it provides a fun platform for the story and for the author to give a nod to his namesake). In this tale, Nathan tells his audience about the American Civil War. That's a pretty broad story, so he just focuses on the nav ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
First sentence: If you've got a story, you'd better tell it, Nathan Hale. This is a hanging, not a children's story hour.

Premise/plot: Nathan Hale, the spy, continues to outwit the British in this second graphic novel. (The first book in the series is ONE DEAD SPY.) Though he's due to be hanged any minute, his tales from the future (all taken from American History) are so entertaining that the British officer and hangman are delaying a bit. In his conversational style, the focus shifts from the
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Nathan Hale is the New York Times best-selling author/illustrator of the Hazardous Tales series, as well as many picture books including Yellowbelly and Plum go to School, the Twelve Bots of Christmas and The Devil You Know.

He is the illustrator of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The Dinosaur
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