Teaching The Great Chicago Fire! (with Kate Hannigan and Alex Graudins)

Chicago-based children's author Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins team up to talk about their new graphic novel for kids, The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes, in this program aimed at educators working with grades 3 through 7. Part of the new "History Comics" series, The Great Chicago Fire tells the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed. This session is free, and kids interested in history and graphic novels are welcome as well! Please register by emailing events@thebookstall.com. 

We can get you signed, personalized copies of The Great Chicago Fire--just add your signature request in the "Comments" section of your online order, or request a signed copy when ordering by phone.

About the Book: A deadly blaze engulfs Chicago for two terrifying days! A brother, a sister, and a helpless puppy must race through the city to stay one step ahead of the devilish inferno. But can they reunite with their lost family before it's too late?

Kirkus Reviews says, "Hannigan sticks closely to historical records in tracing the causes and course of the fire as well as the architectural and infrastructure improvements wrought in its wake and the fair's artistic and technological highlights. ...Graudins overlays the infodumps with small, intimate panels depicting period-clad people with appealingly open expressions (and, often, puppies in tow) in accurately drawn settings. A fictive plotline adds a strong "you are there" feel to this informative account.

About the Author: Kate Hannigan used to work for daily newspapers, but now she writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers, digging up remarkable people from history and sharing their stories. Her work includes a middle-grade historical fantasy series, The League of Secret Heroes, the historical mystery The Detective's Assistant, and a picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, A Lady Has the Floor. Learn more at https://www.katehannigan.com.

About the IllustratorAlex Graudins is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator based in lil Rhode Island. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Cartooning. She has appeared in numerous Dirty Diamond anthologies, The Adventure Zine, Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window, and on The NIB and The Mary Sue. She recently illustrated the first three issues of the CollegeHumor: DropOut series, All In a Day’s Work, but is best known as the artist for Science Comics: The Brain. Learn More at http://toonyart.com

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire: Rising From the Ashes Cover Image
By Alex Graudins (Illustrator), Kate Hannigan
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250174260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: First Second - June 30th, 2020

In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed.


History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire: Rising From the Ashes Cover Image
By Alex Graudins (Illustrator), Kate Hannigan
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250174253
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - June 30th, 2020

In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed.