Author Matt Doeden‘s eighty-four word book explains destroyers, including what they are, what parts they have, what responsibilities their crew members have, and why they are categorized as mighty machines. There are no superfluous words, and subject-specific words are explained in the glossary. The photographs are terrific, and readers will feel they have seen a destroyer and understand their major parts and functions. Photographs of some crew members add a personal touch to this destroyer. The author recommends three books for additional reading. Readers will find the "Internet Sites" section to be helpful. A note to parents and teachers explains how they can best help early readers get the most out of this book. There are thirty titles in the "Mighty Machines" set. Mighty machines are necessary in cities, on farms, as transportation, in the military, and in many aspects of American lives. Each title in the series focuses on one type of machine and explains its function. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.