Thursday, October 23, 2014

Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack - - ADVISABLE

McKissack, Patricia and Fredrick Jr. Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love, Illustrated by Randy Duburke,131 pgs. Chronicle Books, 2012. $19.99. Language: G; Violence: PG13 (mildly graphic illustrations) Mature Content: G.  GRAPHIC NOVEL  

Based on the autobiography of Nat Love, this story of being a cowboy in the old west tells the gritty dangerous story.  Nat Love, born a slave in Tennessee and freed after the civil war joins a cattle team in Kansas City and becomes one of the greatest cowboys in the old west.  Friends with the famous and the infamous, he even fought with indians and was invited to join a tribe.  

The pictures are illustrations, not cartoons, and are effectively gory when needed. The story never drags, tells just enough, and really gives a great feel for the time and the character.  What a great way to present a biography!

EL, MS - - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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