In this installment of the Pendulum Illustrated Biography Series, Naunerle C. Farr and Fred Carrillo bring to life the lives of the heroic frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. (I could not find a picture of the book, so I found pictures of Boone [right] and Crocket [below].)
I have already outlined the life of Davy Crockett in my review of the Childhood of Famous Americans version, and I will save a synopsis of Daniel Boone’s life for a larger book. But I will make a few comments about the format of this book.
Although told in comic-strip format, I found the content to be serious. The illustrations were very life-like (there were no distortions or sillyfying), and instead of detracting from the text, I felt that they complimented it nicely.
Another thing that I liked is that Ms. Farr did not shy away from using difficult words in her text. But she did not leave them undefined – each difficult word has an asterisk by it which denotes a definition at the bottom of the page.
One new thing that I learned about Davy Crockett is that there was one year in which he killed one hundred and five bears. That’s an average of about one bear every three-and-a-half days.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret