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Superstars of history : the good, the bad, and the brainy
Grant, R. G., author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., [2014]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
History doesn't just happen! It is made by real-life superstars. Read about the good deeds of Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, the evildoings of Genghis Khan, Hitler, and Stalin, and the superbrainy thinking of Archimedes, Marie Curie, and Einstein.
General Note:
Statement of responsibility on title page verso given as Reg Grant.
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
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CT107 .G69 2014 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Series
CT107 .G69 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
CT107 .G69 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Discover fun facts about the greatest figures from history through Basher's fresh and unique illustration style. History doesn't just happen; it was created by a crazy crew of characters from way back when. Find out why Archimedes said "Eureka!" in the bathtub, how Thomas Edison changed the world, and whether or not Einstein's brain was bigger than an ordinary guy's. Discover what Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela did that made them famous for being so good, and what Attila the Hun, Hitler, and Stalin did that made them infamous for being so bad. Learn about great leaders like Charlemagne and George Washington and bold ones like Caesar and William the Conqueror. Superstars of History will feature fun text, loads of facts, and Basher's cool illustrations to bring history's greatest characters to life for 8 to12 year olds.

Author Notes

Dr. Jacob Field is a young historian and the author of One Bloody Thing After Another and We Shall Fight on the Beaches: the Speeches that Inspired History, both published by Michael O'Mara. Based at Cambridge University, his doctoral thesis was on the Great Fire of London. In addition to academic articles, Jacob has written a children's book, Quiz Whiz: History, and has contributed to several mass market illustrated books.

With more than two millions copies sold around the world and 25 books in print, Basher is the first name in children's science illustration.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Grant and Basher condense history from 1258 BCE to 2014 CE, divide the millennia into 4 chapters, select between 8 and 11 people to feature for each chapter and make it all fit into 96 pages! Juxtaposing the title against some of the people included puts one in a quandary. Yes, the subtitle includes the Bad, but would one call bad people such as Stalin or Hitler superstars? Anyway, the layout of the book is creative: each chapter begins with a time line that introduces the people in the chapter. This is followed by a two-page spread for each individual: one side has a full-page color drawing, and the other has text boxes of varying shapes and sizes that supply information about the person and his or her accomplishments. No rationale for selection of people is given, nor are additional resources listed. An irreverent approach to history, to be sure, but Basher's approach is always appealing, and this might springboard interest in more definitive sources.--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-This latest Basher creation focuses on significant figures throughout history dating back as far as 1258 BC with Ramses II and ending with Nelson Mandela's death in 2013. The book moves chronologically and covers a wide variety of people, such as Attila the Hun, Karl Marx, and plenty of presidents, scientists, explorers, and emperors. However, only six of the 40 figures are female. The page-length biographies include a colorful, first-person description of individuals and a time line of their lives, as well as their accomplishments, legacy, and significant relationships. Grant doesn't gloss over more unsavory details and is honest with readers about Elizabeth Cady Stanton's turbulent relationship with religion and Mandela's occasional use of violence to secure equal rights in South Africa. Basher's childlike, cartoon depictions of despots Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler seem strange, almost lending a bizarrely comedic tone. This book should be taken for what it is: a quick-and-dirty jump into history. Even those who aren't history buffs will find the facts and first-person accounts highly readable and might even be encouraged to pick up a full biography of one of the individuals.-Keith Klang, Port Washington Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.