Thompson, Ben The Vikings (Guts & Glory Series) 289 pgs. Little Brown, 2015. $17.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG13
This book features a series of short chapters on the exploits of
a variety of vikings, loosely organized from ‘start’ to ‘finish’. Interspersed between
these short bios are timelines, charts, illustrations, and fun and interesting
facts. Examples include Turgreis the devil, Saint Olga of Kiev, and the Norman
Wow for an essential rating that is a short and boring sounding
description, right? Unless I could physically grab you and jump up and down and
show my enthusiasm and push a copy of this book into your hands, I think words
will fail me. This is like story time for people (big kids and grownups) that
have forgotten how enthralling being read a story can be. Its vivid and
hilarious, engaging, and cannot be put down. Bringing history to life in such
way is a true gift. If all history books were this interesting, it would be every
students favorite subject. I think the broader reading world history concepts, many of the humorous
references, and the overall complexity would be enjoyed by middle school and up.
MS, HS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary
School Librarian & Author.