Several children's books about the Romans arrived at my house at once. My boys aged 6 and 8 years made a bee line for this one. This is a well illustrated book related to the Roman fighting machine and they love it. My 8 year old son is a competent reader but you could see that he was mainly engaged by the illustrations and surrounding text and he read the book on his own for ages.
The book has a reliable factual base and it makes a comprehensive reference book on the Roman Army for children in this age group (6 - 11 years). The text has the right level of vocabulary and the facts contained in it are accurate. However, it's the illustrations which are the strongest element in the book and this is what captures the child's imagination in this case. The bright and busy illustrations in this book make it a very appealing yet informative book for children.
Here is a list of some of the content pages so that you can see that the topic is comprehensively covered: A soldier and his weapons, Organising the army, Protection, Training and tactics, War at Sea, Hannibal, Army on the march, The standards, Battle plans, An army life, Construction work, Siege tactics, War machines, Defending the borders, Life on the edge, Off duty, Celebrating victory, Anarchy and barbarians, Living history, Leaders and losers, Roman Army facts.
Review: Nigel Cross 09/08/11