How to Live Like a Medieval Knight

9781467763530. ea vol: illus. by Mariano Epelbaum. 32p. (How to Live Like…). glossary. index. Lerner/Hungry Tomato. 2015. lib. ed. $26.65.
Gr 3–5—Adventure-seeking readers will find much to enjoy here. Each book focuses on the life of a young warrior, who describes his training, weapons and armor, and battles. His story is supplemented by background about his culture and its people, brief overviews of the culture's most famous combatants, and numerous step-by-step instructions for training or battle or detailed descriptions of how these fighters carried out their tasks. Each spread has a "Warning!" sidebar about daily dangers. The caricature-style illustrations include depictions of the subject and his companions, his culture, and its buildings and ships. Though a little short on report detail, these lively offerings are likely to capture the imaginations of those who long for tales of bravery and daring escapades.
VERDICT Good supplemental purchases for upper elementary readers.
These books present accounts of selected events that distinguish certain historical periods. Examples include jousting (Knight), battling lions (Gladiator), and training for raiding (Warrior). Each book is narrated by a cocky youth, which adds humor but becomes tiresome. Cartoonlike illustrations and numerous text boxes accompany the main texts. Related facts are appended. Glos., ind. Review covers these How to Live Like... titles: A Medieval Knight, A Roman Gladiator, and A Viking Warrior.

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