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Around the World by Matt Phelan

Around the World (edition 2011)

by Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

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Title:Around the World
Authors:Matt Phelan
Other authors:Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Hardcover, 240 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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Around the World by Matt Phelan



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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 |
The stories of three adventurers and their around the world travels, one by bicycle, one by sailing ship and the third using public transportation, trying to beat the record of Julius Verne's Phineas Fogg. ( )
  lilibrarian | Apr 1, 2013 |
Summary: After the publication of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, readers everywhere were inspired by the idea of racing around the globe. This graphic novels tells three stories of people who not only dreamt about the possibilities of circumnavigation, but actually went out and did it. First is Thomas Stevens, a coal miner and cycling enthusiast who rode a bicycle (one of the early ones with the big front wheel) around the world in 1884. Next is Nellie Bly, a reporter who set out in 1889 to travel around the world in less time than it took Verne's protagonists, as a publicity stunt in an era when no respectable woman would be seen traveling alone. And finally, Joshua Slocum, who in 1895 sailed away from his New England home aboard his sailboat Spray, and did not return until he'd sailed around the world.

Review: I picked this book of the library shelf on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. To start with, the art was absolutely lovely. It's not a style I would typically gravitate towards, with sketchy pencil lines filled in with watercolor-esque washes of muted color, but the I thought overall effect fit both the time period and the tone of the stories remarkably well. The stories themselves are, on the surface, quite straightforward, and almost deceptively simple. The narration and dialogue boxes are relatively sparse throughout most of the book. This may be an attempt to make this book appeal to younger audiences, and it's certainly appropriate for mid-grade readers. But by letting the art carry a lot of the story forward, Phelan is putting the emotions and motivations of his characters on full display, making what might seem like simple stories into deeply resonant pieces. I noticed this most in Slocum's story, since he has to face not only the terrors of the wide open ocean, but also has to face the ghosts of his own past. This is probably why this book gets shelved as fiction in my library, even though it's about real people and is factually accurate. But all three stories are told really effectively, making this a graphic novel worth picking up no matter where it's shelved. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Definitely recommended for readers of all ages - it's accessible to kids but there's enough here to satisfy adults as well - particularly readers who are fans of Verne's original, who like adventure or exploration stories, or who watch The Amazing Race. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Mar 16, 2013 |
Three individuals--coal miner Thomas Stevens, reporter Nellie Bly, and sea captain Joshua Slocum--decide individually to travel around the world, just as Phileas Fogg did in Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in 80 Days. Stevens travels first across the United States on a bicycle, and then around the world on a bicycle (barring the sea voyages necessary), visiting places as diverse as Germany and India, and writing travel articles for a bicycle enthusiast magazine. Bly is inspired by the Verne novel, suggesting to her editors that she could make the trip around the world in 74 days (she does it in 72, even meeting Verne). And Slocum rebuilds a sailboat and decides to sail around the entire world; the voyage takes him years of solitude, and although he accomplishes his feat, his ending is an uncertain one. Phelan's muted-color watercolor and pencil illustrations convey the whirlwind nature of all three journeys, as well as the humor and emotion of these journeys; for instance, flashbacks to Captain Slocum's past unfold in sunshine tinted images that gradually turn deeper and deeper green as his memories grow more and more melancholy. Recommended for graphic novel and history enthusiasts alike. ( )
  AG314 | Oct 6, 2012 |
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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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