Book review: Extraordinary People: A Semi-comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals, by Michael Hearst, illustrated by Aaron Scamihorn

Hearst, Michael. Extraordinary People: A Semi-comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals. illus. Aaron Scamihorn. Chronicle Books, 2015. 110 pgs. $16.99. ISBN:978-1-4521-2709-5. Gr. 5+. P8 Q8

Hearst Extraordinary PeopleFifty-two people, men and women who, throughout history, have done extraordinary things, were chosen to be in this book. Scientists, explorers, athletes and even pirates were a few of the occupations that were highlighted. The illustrations are appropriate for the time in which the men and women lived. While there is a full page of information about each person, it would be considered a starting point for someone who is doing research. You would have to go to other sources for more in-depth information. I was glad to see that some of the people who were chosen for the book were ones that I knew nothing about. Something else that I liked about the book, is that they were also not presented in chronological order or by occupation.

November 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.

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