Reviews for Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore


Booklist Reviews 2013 March #2
Daniel has gotten a poor mark on his paper about the War of 1812. Maybe it's because he thought the subject was so boring. Enter Calvert, a talking--make that wisecracking--raven who flies Daniel back to the war, where he can see for himself the intensity of battle. This oversize offering has some strong points. The breezy tone and plentiful dialogue will draw in readers, and the dramatic, well-executed watercolors add impact to the telling. The text also has its ups and downs. The descriptions of the fighting--almost hand-to-hand combat--will surprise and inform children, who will also learn something about the causes of the war. The climax, however, in which Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner, isn't well explained, perhaps because the truth is, well, a little boring. After a nighttime firefight, the British basically called off the attack and retreated. There's not much written about the War of 1812, so this will find a place on library shelves. Expect more from Calvert in the Flying History series. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Young Daniel is tired of boring old history lessons until Calvert the raven magically transports him to War of 1812 era Baltimore. Then Daniel discovers that maybe history isn't as drab as he thought. The text is long and convoluted; readers may possibly glean some facts. Stiff illustrations accompany the story.

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