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
The Japanese launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. In a few desperate moments, Japanese carrier-based planes struck the American ships and aircrafts with devastating accuracy. American planes were blown to bits on the ground, battleships were destroyed, and over two thousand U.S. servicemen were killed or wounded. Thus began the U.S. involvement in World War II. During the war, the vast majority of American servicemen and women were members of the army. However, the U.S. Navy also took on an enormously difficult mission and did so with great effectiveness. In the Atlantic, American ships fought German U-Boats, escorted convoys, and supported the landings at Normandy. In the Pacific, the U.S. Navy supported island invasions, sent Marines onto the beaches, and defeated the mighty Japanese fleet. This volume in Peter Benoit’s illustrated “True Books” history series focuses on the U.S. Navy’s involvement in World War II. Benoit tackles a broad subject but does it justice through a combined approach involving a well-developed narrative and numerous meaningful illustrations. Readers should come away from this book with both more knowledge and a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices of the men and women in the armed services in time of war. Part of the “True Book” series. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.