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‘Show Me History!’ Fuses Education and Entertainment

Series Uses Graphics for Twist on Important Content

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Writer/publisher Jim Buckley Jr. teamed up with designer/letterer John Roshell for a new series of children’s graphic nonfiction books, Show Me History! Each tells a visually vibrant, historically accurate story of one iconic figure.

For James Buckley Jr., a seasoned sports journalist and current children’s book author with more than 600 books to his name, it’s all about teamwork. That’s why he’s recently teamed up with designer/letterer John Roshell of Comicraft to develop an exciting new series of children’s graphic nonfiction books, Show Me History! There are four books released so far — Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, and Martin Luther King Jr. — each telling a visually vibrant and historically accurate story of one iconic figure. Buckley’s first venture into the comic realm is an engaging change of pace that uses the graphic elements to add a creative and unique twist to what is at its core educational and developmentally important content.

Buckley recalled that Show Me History! was pitched to him and cowriter Mark Shulman as “Drunk History for 10-year-olds,” in which the graphic nonfiction work presents the true historical tales with elements of humor and creative paraphrasing to cater to the younger audience. “It’s a different way of telling familiar stories,” said Buckley. “If we can engage kids visually, we can get kids excited about these stories by making the experience fun.”

Photo: CourtesyAbraham Lincoln, Defender of the Union

After developing manuscripts, Buckley immediately reached out to Roshell. The two had been friends

Article source: https://www.independent.com/2019/04/25/show-me-history-fuses-education-and-entertainment/

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