Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Around the World by Matt Phelan
This graphic novel tells three separate tales of real people who traveled around the world by themselves. Shortly after bikes were invented Thomas Stevens quit his job and traveled around the world on the new device. Inspired by the novel Around the World in 80 Days, female reporter Nellie Bly tried to beat that record while writing about her adventures. Retired sea captain Joshua Slocum restored an old boat and became the first person to sail the world alone. The illustrations are spare and the stories, while obviously meant to be inspiring, were not to me.