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Children's LiteratureLike a World Almanac, this biography packs as much information as possible into every page, column, and box. In fact, it is too much information to be easily read or absorbed. The type size for sidebar information (the town of Florence, timelines on each page, discussion of humanism) is discouragingly tiny. The entire Sistine Chapel and its mapped diagram are both squeezed onto a single page. The encyclopedic writing style and difficult narrative flow will discourage browsing. The reproductions of Michelangelo's work, however, are outstanding, both sculpture and painting. Unfortunately, the reproduction on the opening page of the Table of Contents shows a grim soul from the Last Judgment—which may not encourage young people to turn the page. However, the quality and number of the reproductions, the glossary and the index make the book worthy of consideration as a library reference book. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 to 15.