Dangers and Visions
The son of a traveling merchant, Marco Polo spent his early years among the ports of Venice, Italy. As a young man, he headed eastward with his father and his uncle toward the lands of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. Their journey from Europe into Asia, marked by risks, setbacks, and discoveries, transformed every person involved. It also led to one of the world’s most studied and most debated travelogues.
Marco Tabilio, an emerging talent of Italian cartooning, creates a graphic novel in the form of a puzzle and finds the coming-of-age tale within the legend of Marco Polo.
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, Graphic Novels, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||208|
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“In this lush graphic novel import, Tabilio makes a virtue of uncertainty. . . . [G]raphic novel readers accustomed to nonlinear, image-dependent storytelling will be right at home puzzling out the boundaries between imagination and reality and reveling in Tabilio’s intricate faux-antique maps . . .”—starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The Horn Book Magazine
“Tabilio distills the essence of the story, capturing all of its wonder and exoticism without losing its grand sweeping nature.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“©aptures the excitement and spirit of exploration that have kept Polo’s name and stories relevant, even as the world seems to get smaller.”—starred, Foreword Reviews
“[T]he resulting epic casts a spell; readers won’t soon forget Marco’s kaleidoscopic journey—or the miracle that he survived to tell his story.”—Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
“[A]n effective introduction to the explorer. . . Useful as a supplemental text in art, history, geography, or literature classrooms, and recommended as an additional purchase for large graphic novel collections.”—School Library Journal
“Italian cartoonist Tabilio and translator Schwandt breathe some new life into Marco Polo and his travels. . . . [M]erits a second read.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author, Illustrator: Marco Tabilio
Marco Tabilio is an Italian comic author. He spent the past few years in Hamburg and Lake Garda. His comics have appeared in magazines and exhibitions in Italy and Germany. Marco Polo: Dangers and Visionsis his first graphic novel and has been published in three different languages.