Gr 4–6—Using a glossy magazine format, this set covers standard history topics such as housing, clothing, food, class structure, rulers, religion, and famous places in facing page spreads with catchy titles ("Makeover," "Trip Advisor," "Master Chef"). Background and coverage are superficial, with several paragraph-length "features" on each spread. Contemporary slang such as bling and wonky will date quickly, and children are unlikely to recognize or understand popular culture phrases such as sisters are doing it for themselves about female pharaohs. Important terms are not always defined in the texts or glossaries, and maps are poor or missing. The many color illustrations, which include photos, diagrams, and illustrations, are generally good, but some, such as Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in Egyptians, are historically questionable. VERDICT Students might flip through these magazine-type books, but they are unlikely to linger for deep reading or reports.