Constitution Illustrated – R. Sikoryak


 Constitution Illustrated – R. Sikoryak, Drawn & Quarterly, (9781770463967), 2020

Format: paperback (graphic non-fiction)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 What did you like about the book? Who would have thought that reading the U.S. Constitution could be as fascinating as reading a graphic novel?  Well, it is.  I very happily read this cover to cover with scarcely a break.  It is true that visiting cartoonists from bygone years along with some present-day graphic artists makes this document more than palatable.  It is also striking and yes, depressing, to realise just how many of the articles of the Constitution are presently being broken and abused.  Someone is not upholding their oath of office in the slightest.

There is a Comics Index supplying information about each illustrator and Notes about the Constitution itself. A good basic Table of Contents is also included.

Anything you did not like about the book?  I guess I wish there was an additional section explaining what some of the items meant.

 To whom would you recommend this book? In addition to those who might want to experience a more user-friendly version of the U.S Constitution, I would also recommend this to those who love all the cartoon artists out there.  The pictorial history is fascinating.  Comics you may not have thought of in years will fill your mind with memories.  Brenda Starr?  Prince Valiant?  Beetle Bailey? Wow!

Who should buy this book? All middle, high school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? 342.73 or graphic non-fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 7/23/2020

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