ARC Review: History Comics: The National Parks: Preserving America’s Wild Places by Falynn Koch

Cover for The National Parks by Falynn Koch

Title: History Comics: The National Parks: Preserving America’s Wild Places

Author: Falynn Koch

Pages: 128

Release Date: May 24, 2022

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

This was an informative graphic novel that takes us through the history of national parks, with Bigfoot as the narrator. It starts with the creation of the very first national park, Yellowstone, and leads to the creation of the National Park Service (NPS). 

I enjoyed this graphic novel but it was a bit chaotic at the same time. The story flowed from one park to another and, at times, could be slightly abrupt and confusing. The art was great but I do think some of the panels were a little chaotic with the amount of things in them. It was hard to focus on what the message of that panel was portraying. 

I do think this was a great way to teach history to younger kids because they didn’t gloss over some of the terrible things that occurred with the creation of these parks. The story didn’t hide the fact that we removed indigenous people from their lands and killed them. It also discussed the destruction of nature and animals that occurred before regulations were put into place. 

Overall, this was interesting and informative. I liked that Bigfoot was the narrator and think kids will enjoy this book. Also I appreciate that there is a timeline at the end that shows the establishment dates for national parks. 

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

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