Historical figures come to life in these world-class nonfiction graphic novels. These biographies will capture the attention of reluctant readers, make great supplements to more traditional sources, and will help readers imagine the lives and achievements of these remarkable people.
"The books are certainly more accessible than most standard nonfiction titles." --School Library Journal
Essential Health: Strong Beautiful Girls "Delicate, flowery borders and designs grace the pages in these books, yet the personal stories (titled 'The Fat Girl' and 'Pizza Face' in Girl in the Mirror) are both forthright and candid. Through case studies these volumes cover the gamut of challenges and pressures that whittle girls' self-esteem, such as snubbing by friends, failing to make a sports team, and taking risks with drugs and alcohol. 'Talk About It' sidebars pose critical-thinking questions about the situations described in the texts. Professional advice, support, and suggestions from 'Dr. Vicki' conclude each chapter. Color photos feature a variety of girls, from preteens to high school students, some with physical challenges. The true-to-life situations described in these books will be a sure hook for the intended audience." --School Library Journal
Essential Viewpoints Set 3 "Balanced overview of complex, divisive issues. Though not exhaustive, these titles include the topic's history and most salient points in as accessible and reader-friendly format...Color images enhance the texts, and charts and maps further clarify the content. Sidebars expand on related topics through quotes, primary-source snippets, and other salient information, while marbled page borders lend a scholarly air to the attractive layouts. A four-page time line with color photos, a thorough glossary, and an 'Essential Facts' feature with critical dates and quotes are also noteworthy. These impressive works are welcome alternatives to collection staples..." ---School Library Journal
Graphic History Set 2 Young readers will travel back in time and be there for famous world events! History comes alive with these nonfiction graphic novels and will help young readers imagine what it was like when these world-changing events took place. Perfect for reluctant readers or as supplements for history curriculum support.
The works of William Shakespeare come alive in these stunning graphic novels. The visual format of the graphic novel makes this an especially well-suited introduction to some of Shakespeare's most well-known material.
"Each book opens with a list of characters and a description of the setting. Background information, a short synopsis, famous phrases from the play, and a biographical sketch of Shakespeare are also included...each slim volume is written in large-sized font and includes full-color illustrations with 2-5 panels per page. All dialogue has been extracted from the original play, which exposes readers to Shakespearean language. Explanatory text boxes judiciously placed throughout the panels enhance readers' understanding...With substantial front and back matter, these adaptations seem best suited for instructional purposes...the books will serve as introductions to the Bard for older, reluctant readers...Hamlet and King Lear were done in a straightforward style and have rich, dramatic colors...a limited color palette for A Midsummer Night's Dream suits the moonlight setting. This adaptation's inclusion of Puck's rhyming introduction to the characters is a delightful addition." ---School Library Journal
"Beautifully illustrated with full-color photos taken by the author, these titles are not only informative but also quite readable. Each volume discusses the origins, history, ecosystems, geology, wildlife, and highlights of the park. A section on future challenges such as overcrowding and development is appended. Useful as introductions, these overviews provide more information than other series..." --School Library Journal