Reviews for Epic Voyages


Booklist Reviews 2011 November #1
As with a museum visit, the graphics will grab readers in these exciting, extra-large-size titles in the Epic Adventure series, packed with high-quality color photos on every double-page spread. Just as gripping are the narratives, captions, and technical details of exploration, adventure, and survival. Rigby, coauthor of Epic Voyages, heads research at the National Maritime Museum, and his book covers Magellan, Cook, Shackleton, Heyerdahl, and also Chichester, who, in 1966, sailed alone around the world. Just right for the classroom, with huge foldout posters filled with detailed graphics and capped with back matter, including a detailed chronology, glossary, but, unfortunately, no source notes or bibliography for further research. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
This series touches on various historical adventures, from the mountainous treks up Everest, K2, McKinley, and Eiger (Climbs) to the explorations of Magellan, Cook, and Chichester (Voyages). Informative and accessible, each book contains archival images, detailed maps, and poster-size foldout pages that, in turn, add interest and variation to the texts. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Epic Adventures titles: Epic Climbs and Epic Voyages.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 April #1
Here is an instance of book design being as exciting as the subject matter, and this subject matter is pretty wild stuff: the legendary and legendarily hellacious voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, James Cook, Ernest Shackleton, Thor Heyerdahl and Francis Chichester. A main body of text describes these maritime adventures, while a galaxy of artwork (with well-fleshed-out captions) orbits about the page: maps, archival illustrations, photographs and paintings. The overall effect is thrumming and busy but not frantic. The text is intelligently written and allows the miraculous nature of each voyage to propel the story forward. The extended captions are the color commentary, adding bright bits of information that round out the picture: the first sighting of St. Elmo's fire, the importance of the spice trade to exploration, why it is difficult to shave on a sailboat. The selection of artwork is excellent: handsome, moody engravings; lively watercolors by the participants; photographs of Heyerdahl's crew catching sharks by the tail; and a great picture of Chichester's boat all roughed up in the heavy weather of 50-foot seas. In addition, fold-out pages range from a rather natty cutaway view of Chichester's Gipsy Moth IV to Cook's navigational triumphs; the one for Shackleton billows into six full pages of icy misery. Just the ticket for armchair explorers. (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 May

Gr 3-6--Cleare gives the history of five of the most famous and dangerous mountains to climb: Eiger, K2, Everest, McKinley, and Matterhorn. Each section has a short, easy-to-read summary that gives the history of climbers who have conquered these peaks. Full-color photos include the view from the top and historical and contemporary climbing equipment. The second book offers five amazing tales of well-known and not so well-known ship captains. The brief narratives describe the voyages of Magellan, Cook, Shackleton, Heyerdahl, and Chichester and give details of their journeys, why the men embarked on them, and what was going on in the world at the time. Both books include poster-sized foldouts filled with illustrations, maps, photographs, and short anecdotes with interesting facts. With of the combination of text and art, these titles resemble the "Eyewitness" books (DK). Young readers will enjoy browsing through them.--Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2011 June
Epic Climbs is replete with startling photos, detailed descriptions of gear, and facts that will astound the reader. The layout is an equal balance of illustrations and text in the form of fold-outs and gatefolds. Cleere provides a balance of text and photos that puts in perspective the perilous journeys these climbers undertook. The history of mountain climbing begins with the Golden Age, when experienced locals led the adventurers. By the early twentieth century, the Silver Age, shifted to guideless climbing. The five expeditions are the Eiger Bernese alpine peaks, K2 in the Himalayas, Mt Everest, Mt. McKinley, and the Matterhorn. Detailed maps, equipment worn, and stunning photos of the summits give the reader a clear picture of the excitement and imminent dangers faced by the climbers. But the early photographs of the mountain ranges had a definite influence on explorers to pursue their climbing, and the reader is not spared the gory photos of dead climbers who were caught in unpredictable storms, avalanches, crevices, and falling rock. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, will always be a challenge to the intrepid climber--even two of the most physically fit, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, disappeared in 1924 Of the hundreds of epic voyages on sea from 1519 through the twentieth century, Munday and Rigby cover five that most influenced world trade and foster a better understanding of the connection of the seas around the world. This oversized book uses the same breathtaking format of poster-size charts and gatefolds. In 1519, Magellan set out to find a shorter spice route with 277 crew members and 5 ships. Only one ship and eighteen survivors completed the voyage. By circumnavigating the globe, he confirmed that the earth was round. Captain Cook's 1769 voyage cleared up myths about natives on Polynesian islands and provided more accurate maps of the Pacific. He had the foresight to bring with him two artists and two botanists, who brought back plant specimens never seen before in England. The most risky sea adventure was led by Ernest Shaketon to the South Pole. Even though he was a seasoned captain, he had to confront the heaviest pack ice in living history. He and his crew were finally rescued after twenty days on Elephant Island. In the 1940s, a young Norwegian scientist garnered a lot of publicity and a successful best-seller, Kontiki. Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to Polynesia in a balsa-wood raft attempting to prove that the Polynesians settled from the east. The final profile is of Francis Chichester, an Englishman who was determined to sail around the world alone in 1966 Both of these books are geared to middle school readers but not for the faint hearted.--Peggy Fleming Index. Appendix. Charts. Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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