Monday, April 27, 2015

NONFICTION MONDAY: 50 Things You Should Know About the First World War by Jim Eldridge


ABOUT THE BOOK

The story of the War, brought to life through illustrations, photographs, diaries, and newspaper reports.

In this illustrated exploration of World War I, readers discover what caused the war and why it eventually affected every corner of the globe.

The key battles, events, and figures are all explored and recounted in succinct and easy-to understand text while illustrations and photographs bring the past vividly back to life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Eldridge is the author of many books for children, including titles in the My Story series, the Warpath books, and How to Handle Grown-Ups. He has had 250 TV scripts broadcast in the UK and internationally for children's and teen television, and is also the creator and writer of Radio 4's long-running comedy-drama series, King Street Junior.

REVIEW

50 Things You Should Know About the First World War is divided into fifty sections, each examining one aspect of the war, either a key event or a key aspect of the war.  Some of the topics covered are trench warfare, poison gas, A Christmas Truce, England under attack, assassination of Franz Ferdinand and many others. This is the sort of book that I would hand to a reluctant reader who wants to learn more about the war but doesn't want a big, long, text-heavy book.  Each section is 1-2 pages and is made up of photographs, diagrams, and short explanatory paragraphs giving details about the topic.  For such a brief book (80 pages, including a glossary and a who's who of important historical figures), it covers all the major aspects of the war, including a look at related events.  However, for a reader who is looking for more details this general coverage may not be entirely satisfying, but it makes for a great starting point.



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