Gr 5-8-While Shecter's smart-aleck tone, reflected in the sometimes comic nature of Naughton's illustrations, is perhaps the first thing one notices, the author's research is also apparent. She covers not only the major aspects of Alexander's life, but also brings in material on the broader aspects of life during the fourth century B.C.E. Shecter carefully notes the disagreements of scholars in interpreting Alexander's life and even in ascertaining exactly what happened on certain occasions. She almost gleefully recounts the struggles between Philip II and Olympias, whom she calls the "limping, one-eyed king" and a "snake-handlin' mama." Alexander's insistence on mingling with and respecting various cultures, as well as his respect for women, his courage, and his generosity, are laid alongside his emphasis on his own divinity, the bloodiness of his battles, and episodes of arrogance. Quotations from Alexander and other prominent Greeks appear throughout the book. Whether one enjoys Shecter's flippant narrative style is a matter of taste, but her biography is sound, even if one wishes she had not referred to Macedon as a city or to priests "slapp[ing] themselves silly" as their temple burned on the day of Alexander's birth. Naughton's profuse illustrations range from full-page to quite small. For the intended audience, the book's comic tone will undoubtedly be a draw and perhaps lead students otherwise interested only in the present to take a look into the past. Both endnotes and bibliography are lengthy and helpful.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.