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Contributor(s): Jeffrey, Gary, Spender, Nick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0778703967     ISBN-13: 9780778703969
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co
    OUR PRICE: $31.35  
Product Type: Library - Other Formats
Published: April 2014
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Castles; Europe; Juvenile literature.
Castles; Europe; Comic books, strips, etc.
Middle Ages; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Medieval
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
Dewey: 355.4/40940902
LCCN: 2014002417
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Graphic Medieval History
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 0.70" W x 0.50" (0.72 lbs) 48 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 166526
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 August)

Gr 5 Up—Medieval history comes alive in this great series that combines the traditional book and graphic novel formats, and is designed to be fun and educational. In Knights, readers are presented with the origin of knights, starting in the eighth century with Charlemagne. The work covers topics such as empire building, the feudal system, chivalry, the Crusades, and armament. Panels are used to great effect, especially in depicting the Hundred Years War, the War of the Roses, the Battle of Agincourt, the Siege of Orleans, and the Battle of Bosworth. In Castles, details about how these fortified structures are built and fascinating facts about their importance and demise are covered with in-depth illustrations and information boxes. The Black Death, the most gruesome in the series, tracks plague routes and the pestilences's effect on European culture and history. Eyewitness accounts, tales of flagellants (people who believed that self-inflicted wounds would evoke repentance and save them from the plague), and photographs of black, rotting fingertips will fascinate kids interested in the macabre. These works have more exposition than dialogue, which may frustrate children used to a more traditional format. Spender and Poluzzi's artwork is very colorful and realistic. The illustrations are remarkably emotional, filled with action and realism. Detailed maps, images of illuminated manuscripts, and sequential art make these titles apt options for primary research for reluctant readers.—Lisa Gieskes, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC

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