Review: Little Guides To Great Lives (Anne Frank and Ferdinand Magellan)
Stories about inspirational lives are enjoying a moment of popularity. The outcome is we have beautiful books like the Little Guides To Great Lives series, and a format to suit every reader.
These books are a perfect size. Almost like a Ladybird Book, but a little wider. As a child, I was drawn to books in a small format, almost like there could be no doubt they were meant for me. They also fit nicely in small rucksacks and in the pockets on the back of a car seat, making them perfect for young readers on the go.
As well as introducing us to a person, the books set the context of that person’s time. This is especially important, and something which is too often missing from books about famous lives. The tone is just right for the target audience, something which is especially clear in the book about Anne Frank where the political background is explained without giving information which might frighten the target audience.
The book about Ferdinand Magellan (who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the world) begins with childhood too, making the subject more relatable to a young audience. Both books explain their subjects’ personalities and interests, the adversities they faced, the geography they saw and the people and objects which formed part of their day to day lives.
They give an overview of their subjects’ lives and not a word is out of place.
The design is exceptional, with textured covers and a limited range of colours in each book leading to a retro feel. The books would look wonderful together on a shelf and it would be easy to pick out one book from another.
The books are little gems, which would sit beautifully at the front of any bookcase.
Thanks to Laurence King Publishing for gifted copies of the books in this feature. Opinions my own.