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Around the World by Matt Phelan

Around the World

by Matt Phelan

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What a lovely book. Three great stories of three different trips around the world. Lots of facts woven seemlessly into these fast paced accounts. The illustrations add to the fantastical settings and situations. ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
A graphic novel interpretation of three remarkable trips "around the world": by bicycle, as a reporter, and by boat. This story is a historical fiction rendition that tackles they reason why each of these figures set out on their individual journeys. This book can be a great source for teaching students the skill of making inferences and using the illustrations to make their own interpretation of a story. ( )
  Cayetlin_Hardeman | Apr 25, 2017 |
Around the World by Matt Phelan is a graphic novel style account of three different late 19th century trips around the world: by bicycle, for the news, and by ship. These are all mini-biographies with the emphasis being on the journeys they took and how those journeys were transformative for the travelers and for the people they met.

The first biography is of Thomas Stevens, a man who became so enamored with the bicycle (and not the modern safety style, but the old high wheeler) that he took his on a ride around the world. Stevens saw the bicycle as a tool for peace and certainly had enough positive experiences to give some weight to that notion.

The next biography covers Nellie Bly's successful attempt to recreate the journey in Around the World in 80 Days but in less time. She had her own problems mostly from resistance because she was a woman traveling alone, and from other newspapers sending competition after her (on higher budgets, meaning they could bribe their way into faster slots), and her own sea sickness and hatred of early mornings. She did however have the brains and stubbornness to accomplish the trip, and the affection of her readers, meaning even if she couldn't bribe her way, she didn't need to.

The last biography is a nautical one. It follows Joshua Slocum who one day said goodbye to his family and set off in his ship for a one man sailing adventure in a time when there wasn't radio or modern day tracking devices. Through personal peril he managed to become the first person to solo sail around the world.

This book has been on my wishlist since it was first published. It lived up to all my expectations and frankly surpassed them. I hope Matt Phelan continues to do these occasional biographies / historical fiction graphic novels along with the many picture books he illustrates. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 6, 2015 |
I love Phelan's illustrations. They're very emotive and soft and lead themselves to imagining motion and movements.
Out of the three short stories of world travelers I like the final one better and interestingly that seems to be the one story Phelan takes the most artistic liberties. Its a sad and lonely story but I think Phelan really captures why someone would chose to travel around the world alone. Very beautifully done to highlight interesting historical figures not typically covered. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
Excellent historical fiction and a stunning graphic novel. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Challenged with circling the world at the end of the nineteenth century, three very different adventurers--avid bicyclist Thomas Stevens, fearless reporter Nellie Bly, and retired sea captain Joshua Slocum--embark on epic journeys.

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