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BROWN: As of this writing, I am a
few weeks from seeing the musical.
From all accounts, it is a masterpiece.
I’m curious if the play comes down
heavily on Hamilton’s side, which
would be disheartening to a “Burr
Man” like me.
Aaron and Alexander: The Most
Famous Duel in American History.
2015. Roaring Brook, $17.99
(9781596439986). Gr. 1–3.
America Is under Attack: September
11, 2001; The Day the Towers Fell.
2011. Roaring Brook/Flash Point,
$16.99 (9781596436947). Gr. 3–5.
Dolley Madison Saves George
Washington. 2007. HMH, $16
(9780618411993). Gr. 1–3.
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina
and New Orleans. 2015. HMH,
$18.99 (9780544157774). Gr. 6–9.
Gold! Gold from the American
River! 2011. Roaring Brook, $17.99
(9781596432239). Gr. 2–4.
The Great American Dust
Bowl. 2013. HMH, $18.99
(9780547815503). Gr. 6–10.
The Notorious Izzy Fink. 2006.
Roaring Brook, o.p. Gr. 6–9.
A Wizard from the Start: The
Incredible Boyhood & Amazing
Inventions of Thomas Edison. 2010.
HMH, $16 (9780547194875).
Jesse Karp is a librarian at LREI, an
independent school in New York City. He is
the author of the young adult novels Those
That Wake (2011) and What We Become
(2013) and the nonfiction title Graphic
Novels in Your School Library (2011). He
is a regular reviewer for Booklist.
influence makes them worthy of attention. Of course, bad, trashy, second-rate
comics and graphic novels don’t belong
in classrooms, but neither do bad,
trashy, second-rate books.
KARP: What lessons have you taken
from graphic-novel creation back to
illustrated book storytelling? You’ve
written fiction before; do you ever
see yourself creating a fiction graphic
BROWN: When appropriate, I’ve
inserted panels and sequential art into
picture-book pages. I use them to emphasize the importance of a particular
element in a picture-book story, but
refrain from making panels a central
design element. To do otherwise is
simply making a 32-page graphic novel.
A picture book has its own aesthetic
charms that I happily abide by.
I’m working on a graphic-novel
“biography” of earth. Deep time and
geology are exciting! Afterward, I will
start a nonfiction graphic novel about
the 1918 Spanish influenza.
I have a couple of fiction ideas
knocking around inside my head. One
is a post-9/11 tale of an American
teenage boy and a teenage girl who
is a Syrian immigrant. The other is a
historical fiction using the colorful New
York City gangster Monk Eastman as
KARP: You wrote and illustrated
Aaron and Alexander (2015), a great
picture book on the Aaron Burr–
Alexander Hamilton rivalry; what are
your thoughts on the Broadway hit
Brown depicts Hurricane Katrina approaching the coast.