Before Washington crossed the Delaware, Henry Knox crossed Massachusetts in winter—with 59 cannons in tow.
In 1775 in the dead of winter, a bookseller named Henry Knox dragged 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston—225 miles of lakes, forest, mountains, and few roads. It was a feat of remarkable ingenuity and determination and one of the most remarkable stories of the revolutionary war. In Henry and the Cannons the perils and adventure of his journey come to life through Don Brown's vivid and evocative artwork.
From The New York Times online:
“Brown is a keen translator of historical fact for young readers…. [He] keeps the material at age-level by emphasizing aspects of the story that bring Knox’s adventure to life — the difficulty of riding 40 miles a day to the fort on horseback in the freezing rain, of picking out the best cannons, of hauling a stuck boat over a stubborn rock. Sequenced panels capture some of the action, and Brown’s words are equally vivid. ‘Muscles and breath burned,’ he writes of the volunteers who helped him, as they’re ‘pulling and tugging, lifting and yanking, hauling and lugging’ the cannons out of icy water. Brown’s watercolors, a minimally differentiated wash of blues, grays and faded brown, are done in a loose, almost sketched style, and the inked lines are fluid and dynamic.”
Kirkus, December 1, 2012 issue:
""Brown brings to life a complex undertaking."" -- Kirkus
The Horn Book, January/February 2013 issue:
""Stylized watercolors heighten the drama and occasional humor of Knox’s trek without turning into cartoons."" -- The Horn Book
School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW, January 2013 issue:
""This entertaining tale will be great to use along with studies of George Washington and the Revolutionary War."" -- School Library Journal, starred review
""The picture-book format directs this at a young audience, but upper elementary history teachers should welcome this title as a springboard or supplement to a Revolutionary War unit."" BCCB