The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell
3 words: educational, lively, page-turner
Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans!
While it’s fair to say I’m primed to love this book (political science major and Hamilton obsessive), there’s so much here to love.
But… I’m not a natural reader of graphic novels, so in order for this book to really work for me, it had to perform on a pretty high level. I need to be won over by a graphic novel, and this one accomplished that feat.
As I was reading, I couldn’t believe how fun the author and illustrator made this book. Yes, it’s about the Constitution, and yes, that could be on the dry side, but… they make it interesting. And colorful and visually engaging. I kept thinking of Schoolhouse Rock, and that ramped up my fondness even further.
The author makes the Constitution and the Bill of Rights downright relatable, and he makes it relevant. We learn the Why.
I gotta say: pretty darn fascinating.
But then, I’m also the reader who occasionally got verklempt while reading this book, because: our government!
It’s messy and sometimes it doesn’t look like it’s working well at all, but it’s built strong enough to endure some serious crap. And that’s a serious comfort, my friends.
And if you need a soundtrack, of course Hamilton provides one.
Give this book a whirl if you like… nonfiction graphic novels, American history, the Schoolhouse Rock approach to learning, the “why” behind the American system of government
My fellow readers… what book would you recommend for the 4th of July?