The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan: The Graphic Novel
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The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan: The Graphic Novel

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The legendary woodsman Paul Bunyan was the biggest man who ever lived. He had wagon wheels for shirt buttons, and his double-edged axe took an entire town a whole month to build! One day, Paul finds a big blue ox frozen in the snow. He nurses the behemoth back to health, and names his new companion Babe. As the two travel the land, they clear the way and make it safe for a...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Stone Arch Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kylie Svoboda
Audience: 3rd-5th graders
Appeal: This story ties into social studies and Old American literature. The story also uses a humorous fun spin to the classic Paul Bunyan story. Good for ELL students so they can comprehend the story through looking at the pictures.
Award: Gold Medal, Moor Beam Children's Book Award for Best children's Graphics.
Ed McKeogh
I found this adaptation of Paul Bunyan's tall tales too thin, even though it's pitched toward a young audience. The storytelling contained in this graphic novel was too much "tell" and not enough "show," which is a shame because illustrator Aaron Blecha's work is goofy, expressive and engaging. Too often, the conundrum is set in one panel then resolved in the next with very little action or context to give it much sense or import. Bunyan, as a "mythic" character who took root in the American psy...more
In this volume Martin Powell and Aaron Blecha have continued the "tradition" of Paul Bunyan stories. I put tradition in quotation marks because like a lot of other American tall tale characters, Paul Bunyan wasn't all that traditional. Most of the stories we read as kids were literary creations, or retellings of those. So, when Powell added little details of his own, he was just carrying on in the correct way. Powell and Blecha added some slapstick comedy that works very well. Some things are ne...more
Shaeley Santiago
I loved the format of this book. The extra information at the front and back of the book was set up very nicely. The pictures are very colorful, making this an attractive book to get students hooked on the story.
A rather creative twist on the folktale of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox "The Tall Tales Of Paul Bunyan: The Graphic Novel" is much like a comic book. This comic explains to kids how Paul created world wonders such as the Grand Canyon. While traveling with Babe he saves people from swarms of bees and he becomes some sort of hero while also fighting Old Man winter to save his lumber jack crew. This book would be good for a short read, and children who are more interested in the illustration as...more
Dec 17, 2012 Christina marked it as to-read
The story of Paul Bunyan is one of my favorites! Paul Bunyan was the largest man whom ever existed. This lumber jack had a best pal, Babe the Blue Ox. He is one of the tallest tales (pun intended) and his story has been shared many different ways. This graphic novel could be used along with other Paul Bunyan tales as a way to compare different types of expressive writing. It is also a great way to introduce the idea of exaggeration.

**If teaching on the range, there is a Paul Bunyan Land in the B...more
I chose this book because i love the story of Paul Bunyan and i thought it would be interesting to read it as graphic novel. Also i loved the funny drawings.
I loved this book because i like any kind of graphic novel. It was also very funny and the pictures were great.
I think people who doesnt like reading should read this book. Its more interesting than just reading a book because there are pictures.
My students are completely obsessed with Stone Arch's graphic novel-style folk tales and tall tales.
This one was cute. It made me think Paul Bunyan was kinda dumb though.
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Martin Powell is the author of hundreds of science fiction, mystery, and horror stories. He has worked in the comic book industry since 1986, writing for Marvel, DC, Malibu, Caliber, Moonstone, and Disney, among others, and has been nominated for the coveted Eisner Award. Martin also writes children’s books, and frequently contributes prose for many short story anthologies. He resides in Saint Pau...more
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