"Like a well-prepared tour guide, the author takes readers through the history, daily life, and culture of each type of warrior. Clearly written text combines with supporting illustrations to convey their similarities and differences. Each title includes the following: a map of the warrior's sphere of influence, a visual of the warrior's uniform and weapons, and a reflection of the warrior's influence on current society. No source notes are provided, but photo credits are included along with age-appropriate, up-to-date books and websites. Though violence is discussed and depicted within each title, none of it is graphic or gratuitous. VERDICT These well-illustrated and well-written titles are recommended for libraries serving upper elementary and middle school readers."
"This visually appealing series includes a diagram of the inside of Tutankhamun's tomb, an explanation of how peat bogs are formed, and a drawing indicating the phases of construction at Stonehenge. Some critical questions, as, for example, which theory of dinosaur extinction is most plausible, are left unanswered for readers to consider. In some cases—sightings of ghost ships, a cursed tomb—critical judgment can be suspended in favor of tantalizing exposition. Each volume concludes with a sequence of reflection prompts, such as "What do the mummies' burials tell you about them?" or "Why did dinosaurs die out?" In addition to a glossary and index, each volume features a short bibliography of books and websites for further exploration. VERDICT Recommended, but, due to occasional vagueness of detail and light treatment of the supernatural, better suited to independent reading than careful study."