Book review: Break the Siege: Make Your Own Catapults, by Rob Ives, illustrated by John Paul de Quay

Ives, Rob. Illustrated by John Paul de Quay. Break the Siege: Make Your Own Catapults. (Tabletop Wars series) Hungry Tomato/Lerner, 2016, $7.99. 32p. ISBN 9781512411720. Ages 10-14. P6 Q6

The book explains how to make miniature siege engines from everyday items and includes pictorial supply lists, tools needed list, tips, and the step by step instructions. Instructions can be modified if teachers choose not to use the recommended craft knife. A use in class is to show the designs to students so that they can compare those in the book with the ones that they make. Some of the terms and vocabulary may be unfamiliar to students, but the instructions are detailed and complex. The book includes a table of contents and index.

Verdict: It is a great book for learning some history and is an inspiration to create catapults.

March 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.


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