Monday, December 21, 2015

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

This short but powerful graphic novel has gorgeous illustrations that do not shy from the grisly details of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I read it on a Kindle Fire and the illustrations pop with their drama and bold line strokes. I have read several books on Katrina and discovered some new facts in this one. The trains offered to evacuate residents and the city declined as 200,000 people were left behind because they didn't have cars or were unable to leave for other reasons. Some illustrations show people who drown. Others show the desperation of families in the attics of their homes as the waters keep rising. The text says many drown. More than 100 police officers abandoned their posts in fear when the hurricane struck. People at the dome urinated while standing in long lines waiting for buses because they didn't want to lose their spots. (This fact is told not illustrated.) The dangerous water and smells are captured in illustrations. The horrors are contrasted with police and neighbors that stayed and helped others creating a balance between light and dark, but this is definitely for an older reader.

5 Smileys

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