These light and breezy but historically solid narratives employ a conversational approach rather than a parade of unconnected facts and boring dates, turning history into a fascinating page-turner. Filled with amazing stories, firsthand accounts, and amusing illustrations by Tim Robinson, the books trumpet themselves—and deservedly so—as "history with the good bits put back." Finally, epilogues detail "whatever happened to…" various figures in the books. The sparkling writing makes the books great reads for anyone—even adults—but students in grades as low as 5–8 will have little trouble with comprehension. Forty-eight page activity guides are available separately. "Sheinkin succeeds in making history as interesting for young people to read as it should be," says Library Media Connection. . .
5 and up