Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Erik Slader, Ben Thompson
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Christopher Columbus was not the first person to discover the Americas, and once he did, the age of exploration was far from over. The first recorded discovery of North America was made by the Viking Leif Erikson. From then on, many explorations would follow. These explorations were far from perfect. There were mutinies and wrong turns, dangerous people and bad weather. It would be many centuries of mess-ups before we developed the map we have today.
This book is written in an informal voice that makes it easy for children to read and understand. It starts with a short description of what it would have been like to travel with Christopher Columbus. After that, it gives a chronological history of important geographic discoveries. The book mostly focuses on things that went wrong with exploration, which gives it a light and humorous tone. The imagery is great, encouraging the stories told in the book to play out like a cartoon in the reader’s head. The text is accompanied by illustrations, some of which are historical pictures, others cartoon drawings. The book has a unique take on history and would be a great tool in getting children excited to learn about the past.
*Contains mild violence