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Children's LiteratureNot only is this look at the world of Christopher Columbus irreverent and very funny it is also well researched and accurate. The author assumes that the reader is an uninformed sailor about to embark with the explorer and proceeds to elucidate him on the hazards of such an undertaking and the realities of life in the time of Columbus. Among the questions answered are the whys of exploration, finances for the voyage, handling of the small, unruly craft, survival on shore and in the new land, and just how one goes about getting home again. The full-page cartoon illustrations are filled with plenty of humorous sidebars and quips from the exaggerated cast of characters as well as solid information. The glossary will help clarify new terms and the index will assist in information location. The highly capable team of Macdonald and Antram prove that you can serve up history with a healthy dose of humor. 2004, Watts, Ages 8 to 12.