Discover fun facts about the greatest figures from history through Basher's fresh and unique illustration style.
History doesn't just happen; it was created by a crazy crew of characters from way back when. Find out why Archimedes said "Eureka!" in the bathtub, how Thomas Edison changed the world, and whether or not Einstein's brain was bigger than an ordinary guy's. Discover what Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela did that made them famous for being so good, and what Attila the Hun, Hitler, and Stalin did that made them infamous for being so bad. Learn about great leaders like Charlemagne and George Washington and bold ones like Caesar and William the Conqueror. Superstars of History will feature fun text, loads of facts, and Basher's cool illustrations to bring history's greatest characters to life for 8 to12 year olds.
About the Author
Dr. Jacob Field is a young historian and the author of One Bloody Thing After Another and We Shall Fight on the Beaches: the Speeches that Inspired History, both published by Michael O’Mara. Based at Cambridge University, his doctoral thesis was on the Great Fire of London. In addition to academic articles, Jacob has written a children’s book, Quiz Whiz: History, and has contributed to several mass market illustrated books.
With more than two millions copies sold around the world and 25 books in print, Basher is the first name in children’s science illustration.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am so excited to review this because I love Basher books. I like the way they present information. There are two unique things about these books. One is the illustrations. The other is Basher teaches using personification. For example, in their Periodic Table book, the elements talk to you about themselves. Superstars of History tells you about 40 famous people in history. There are people who I think should be in this book but are not. Although the people they did include are interesting because they invented things, discovered things, and fought for things (like equal rights). I learned a lot. The book is split up into four sections: The Ancient World, The Middle Ages and Renaissance, The Revolution and The Enlightenment, and The Modern Era. The set-up is pleasing to the eye. At the start of each section, there’s a colorful timeline. There is also a table of contents, index, and glossary which are all very helpful. Each time period has its own color which makes it easy to know where you are in the book. Each person has his or her own page. (It’s really two pages.) There is an awesome illustration on one page and information in colorful blocks filling the other page. Some of the facts are disturbing. Younger readers or kids who are sensitive might want to skip certain people. You can read the little caption over each person in the timeline and if that bothers you don’t read about that person. The book has people from all over the world and I think that adds to it. I’d feel like the book was missing something if it was just American history. I really liked this book and I think it’s worth reading. It’s important to know our history. History should not be left in the past. It should be thought about in the present because it changed our world and affects our life today. Review by Young Mensan Connor C., age 8, Boston Mensa
OMG, I LOVE this book!!! This pictures on the cover are what originally brought my attention to the book. Come to find out they are drawn by the same person who did all those cute square Basher Books (which I own almost all of them!!) The book is broken down into four sections: The Ancient World, The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Revolution and the Enlightenment and the Modern Era. These are definitely topics that I cover in my 6th grade social studies class. Some of the more notable people covered in the book are Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Christopher Columbus, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Catherine the Great, Napoleon, George Washington, Karl Marx, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Gandhi, and many more. Information of each of the individuals includes a narration in first person as well as other facts that might include a timeline, legacies, inventions, friends, record breaker, etc. If you teach history, this is definitely a book for your keeper shelf!!