School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—The books in this set open with two true or false questions (a signature of this series) that are answered in the text. Divided into four to six chapters, the titles focus on one aspect of each subject. A "Big Truth" chapter and a "True Statistics" page add interesting facts about weapons, armies, or statistics. The content is standard for middle-level books on World War II, and large black-and-white period photos appear throughout. Unfortunately, this series is marred by some weaknesses. There are few maps and no documentation of numbers and statistics scattered throughout the texts, and there are several errors (for instance, Battles mistakenly states that the Battle of the Bulge resulted in more deaths than any other battle, and both Weapons and Navy erroneously explain the tailhook mechanism on aircraft carriers. This set doesn't improve on extant World War II coverage, and most libraries will find other series to be better choices.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Over fifteen million men served in the American Army during World War II. Of these men, the vast majority served as support troops, transport soldiers, or reserves. The minority of American soldiers who served as combat infantrymen in Europe, North Africa, or the Pacific, had a difficult lot in life. Infantrymen lived in foxholes during the bitter cold of winter, served in the sweltering heat of Asian jungles, and stormed beaches on three continents. The U.S. Army also included air forces that staged heavy bombing raids over Germany and Japan. In all instances the men who served in the American Army during World War II were part of a cause that was aimed at defeating evil in the form of Hitler’s minions and the imperialist Japanese. This volume in Peter Benoit’s illustrated “True Books” history series focuses on the “dog faces,” or “GI’s,” who made up the U.S. Army in World War II. Benoit does well in this book, as with other volumes in this series, by combining historical accuracy with his ability to bring history to life. After reading this book, youngsters should have a better grasp on the sacrifices made by American soldiers during a war that claimed over fifty million lives worldwide. Part of the “True Book” series. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.