This title in the series includes ten riveting, in-depth biographies of legendary monarchs, including Alexander the Great, Henry VIII and Louis XIV. Fast-paced text is enhanced by punchy, all-action artworks to create the look and feel of a graphic novel that will hook the most reluctant of readers. These are gripping stories, innovatively told.
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Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and more than 100 books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include The Kingfisher Motorsports Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia, Olympics, Kingfisher Knowledge: Spies and The Kingfisher Book of Living Worlds. Clive lives in Manchester, England. David Cousens is one of the UK's most exciting young artists. His all-action, graphic novelstyle characters have featured in numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8–This addition to the series provides succinct and captivating biographies of 10 sovereigns, primarily men from Western culture, from early times through the end of the 18th century. The author chronicles their formative years, their reigns, and their legacies. Cousens's eye-catching graphic art establishes a visual reference for the setting in which the featured ruler lived, and it evenly matches the dramatic events and themes highlighted. With life links that connect one leader with the next, maps that detail the area of the monarch's reign, text bubbles with additional information, and a pictorial time line, the book lends itself well to browsing. One noticeable omission is a bibliography or a recommended book list. While the Graphic Biographies (Rosen) and the You Wouldn't Want to... series (Watts) cover some of the people or time periods featured here, this book is refreshing in that multiple biographies and a historical context are provided in one volume. For those libraries that need to enhance their world history or biography collections, this is a solid choice that will likely appeal to reluctant readers.–Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY
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Book Description Kingfisher Books Ltd, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. David Cousens (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0753417308