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The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation Paperback – April 16, 2012
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Whether you're a parent, a teacher, or an interested citizen, what if you could explain the Constitution and the disagreements that led to its crafting in about an hour? Round Table Companies, a publishing company, has done just that by assigning to a writer and an artist the challenge of creating a graphic adaptation to explain the writing of the United States Constitution and the effort the founding fathers exerted to ratify it. (Kate Kelly Huffington Post, February 27, 2012)
A breezy take on the past, but that’s the point: to produce a comic that youngsters will actually be inclined to read, and perhaps even re-read. (The A.V. Club, March 2012)
I highly recommend The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation to anyone interested in United States history, or to teachers or families wanting to teach kids about our government in an entertaining way. I will be using it with my own kids whenever we study United States history or U.S. Government. (Jenny Williams Geek Dad, March 14, 2012)
While the U.S. Constitution’s primary value is as a document, it is also a historical artifact that embodies the fascinating story of its own creation. In this version, Baer and Lueth (who coauthor the online graphic novel Impure Blood) generously cover both aspects, and the core text (the first ten amendments are noted but the text is not provided) is intercut with the drama of a Constitutional Congress that actually drafted an innovative work despite personal prejudices, turf wars, the divisive slavery issue, and the searing heat of a 1780s Philadelphia summer. In a triumph of character design, Lueth has created distinct, memorable images for each of the many delegates who hacked through their Gordian knots as the summer dragged on. Hill & Wang’s lengthier book of the same name includes all amendments and more background, but this volume dramatizes the compelling soap opera of egos that, against considerable odds, managed to create the imperfect yet sorely needed document that has endured for more than two centuries. VERDICT While context for some plot elements is not clear, this graphic novel dramatizes a historical precedent for group action despite disagreement that we should heed today. A free curriculum guide by Katie Monnin (Teaching Graphic Novels) is available. Recommended for tweens through adults in and out of the classroom.
(Library Journal, May, 15, 2012)
Round Table Comics' adaptation of the supreme law of the United States of America, created by the team at Round Table Companies, includes 100% of the original text from the Constitution as well as a narrative to communicate the concepts from one of history's most important documents. Full color illustration throughout combines an entertaining read with the factual accuracy that readers of history expect. Adapted by Nadja Baer (Delivering Happiness: A Round Table Comic, Altucher Confidential: A Round Table Comic), illustrated by Nathan Lueth (Altucher Confidential, Everything's Okay), and overseen by former documentary filmmaker David Cohen, now VP of Round Table. Guidance provided by Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida.
About the Author
Nadja has been a words-nerd all her life. She speaks English, German, Italian, and Spanish (with varying degrees of fluency), can teach Taekwondo classes in Korean, and is currently working on expanding her French vocabulary. Since receiving a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing with a minor in US History at the University of Minnesota, she has served as the office thesaurus, dictionary, translator, and spell-checker in every one of her day jobs. She wrote her first terrible novella at the age of eight, and is now focused on writing comics and novels for young adults. Her work can be seen for free in the online graphic novel, Impure Blood (www.impurebloodwebcomic.com), which is drawn by her soon-to-be husband, Nathan Lueth. Other illustrated projects she has scripted for Round Table include Everything's Okay (Sept 2011), Altucher Confidential (Dec 2011), Delivering Happiness (March 2012), and Influence: Science & Practice (July 2012). Aside from a love of a good story with pretty pictures, Nadja and Nathan share a house, a cat, a turtle, and a belief that more people should embrace their inner nerd
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This is a perfect book for kids (5th-8th grade?) but is fun for adults to read also. It would be a great teaching tool.
I'm not going to supply a synopsis. If you don't know the synopsis you should, at least, pick up this book to learn more about this amazing, groundbreaking and historic document.
Right off the bat I liked that the author included the Founding Fathers in the title of this comic graphic adaptation. The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation by Nadja Baer (Adapter), Thomas Jefferson (Author), John Adams (Author), Thomas Paine (Author), James Madison (Author) and Nathan Lueth (Illustrator) takes the US Constitution and, using the original text, presents it in an easy to understand graphical format.
This is a short book but, and this is a big but, it contains 100 percent of the original text of the supreme law of these United States as well as pictures and narrative to communicated the concepts which are foreign to so many people.
I am by no means a Constitutional scholar, but I have read the document (and even keep a pocket edition in my car). I also find Constitutional law very interesting and follow all Supreme Court cases. I even find the Supreme Court opinions a fascinating read, especially those that I disagree with.
I think that it's sad that most people don't realize how much do Supreme Court cases affect our every day lives and that not only it is our right to pay attention, but it is our duty as citizens. In the past 10 years some of the decisions made by the Court were outrageous, un-American and dangerous to our democracy; yet went unnoticed by the majority of registered voters. But what can you expect from people that see voting as a "chore" instead of a privilege?
The storytelling flowed quickly with a lot of humorous inclusions thrown in. I really enjoyed the side notes of fun facts that are included as an aside on the pages.
The panels included amazing detail that isn't seen in a lot of comics you see today. Bricks on buildings, cobblestones, fireworks. It is nice little touches that make it a beautiful looking book.
Overall, a well crafted comic that explains how the Constitution came to be and what all the text is, with simple explanations via art of what it all means.