Thompson, Ben The American Civil War 352 pgs. Little Brown, 2014. $17.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG13
This book features a series of short chapters on the various battles
of the civil war and some short biographies loosely organized from the beginning
of the war to the end. Interspersed between are facts boxes and illustrations. Examples chapters include the clash of the ironclads,
the first battle of bull run, and even famous women of the civil war.
I have zero interest in reading war books, I am just too
saddened by the epic violence of this world. So I started to review this book
with deep reluctance, but I was surprised by the easy and fun writing style and was
instantly hooked. This is a book that cannot be put down. Its incredibly humorous,
intensely interesting, and explains complex situations with ease. History teachers
might as well forget teaching curriculum and just read these books aloud to
students. Complexity, some suggestive elements, and many of the humorous
references would be better suited for middle school and up.
MS, HS –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary
School Librarian & Author.