Donner Dinner Party

Donner Dinner Party

Graphic Novel - 2013
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The Reed family struggles to survive the wagon train journey from Illinois to California as members of the ill-fated Donner Party
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781419708565
Branch Call Number: JUV GN Hale, N 100 2013
Characteristics: 123 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm


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Jun 08, 2017

Surprising tasteful book, pun intended.

Jun 10, 2016

The Donner Dinner Party (Oh, c'mon, don't pretend that particular sick pun has never occurred to you before) is one of the best additions to the Nathan Hales' Hazardous Tales graphic novels collections. The Donnor Party is one of the most tragic stories in American history, yet Hale uses wit, humor, and sympathy to leaven what could have a lump of bad taste into an easy learning experience of how hubris, greed, ignorance, and folly turned what was a merely difficult trip into an epic disaster for the ages. If you have a middle schooler or tween who's uninterested in American history, the Nathan Hale series could be a great way to jump start his/her interest.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Come for the cannibalism, stay for the individual stories and relentless, ridiculous bad luck. Savor this delicious adventure, based on a true story, peppered with juicy details and slapstick wit.

M02V May 15, 2014

This book is great. I love the way Nathan Hale (author) turns US History into comical comic books. They don't actually show any people eating people, but there is blood. Author labels this one Hazard Level Blue: Tragic (Tuberculosis, Cannibalism, Stabbing, Accidental Shooting, Non-Accidental Shooting, etc.

Apr 15, 2014

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this. I picked this book up, the third in a series, due to reviews. Of course I knew about the Donner party and the cannibalism but not much more than that. I discovered quite a lot about this group that was one of many wagon trains traveling across the country at the time. It was an entertaining and informative read. The author/illustrator didn't show too much of the cannibalism but was still realistic about what occurred. The included humor helped take away from some of the more dire parts too.

Living in Oregon, students here learn a lot about the Oregon Trail. The Donner Dinner Party would no doubt enthrall some of those students and show that history doesn't have to be boring.

JCLChrisK Feb 17, 2014

Like, I'm sure, most people, I vaguely remember learning about the Donner Party in my U.S. history classes. What I remember: pioneers, mountains, snow, cannibalism. No details or people, which I didn't think were all that important or compelling. So I was surprised to find that such an engaging, entertaining story could be told about the tragedy. In typical Hazardous Tales style, Nathan Hale has found a way to balance historical facts, melodramatic personalities, broad humor, grim realities, and exceptional artwork into a fascinating tale. There are numerous warnings about the gruesome content well in advance to soften the shock of encountering it, and it is shared without detail or embellishment. The rest of the content, on the other hand, is embellished with unexpected details that make the book all the more exciting. Even though I knew the general outcome the book was heading toward, I found myself caught up in the suspense of wanting to know just how it would happen. This is history at its best, and I expect young readers will find themselves enthralled and captivated.

Mark_Daly Nov 16, 2013

The humor in the early pages seems inappropriate, given the somber nature of the subject. But the tale of the doomed pioneers unfolds like a true-crime story, with all of the fateful decisions and missed opportunities carefully depicted. It's a gripping story, and Hale does a masterful job of packing in all sorts of telling details in the story and art. Recommended.


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JCLChrisK Feb 17, 2014

Hangman: "This is the worst story of all time! This can't possibly get any worse!
Nathan Hale: "Brace yourself. It gets much, much worse. In fact, reader, the next part of this tale is not for the faint of heart. Horrible things are going to happen. If you are easily upset, you may want to skip ahead to page 113."
Hangman: "Do it! Do it! Skip to page 113! For the love of fuzzy puppies! I can't bear to see any more cute li'l animals eaten!"
Nathan Hale: "Oh, they won't be eating animals."
Hangman: "They won't!? What a relief!"
Provost: "What DO they eat?"
Nathan Hale: "You are about to find out. Or you can skip ahead to 113."


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