Reviewed by David Savage
The Little Book of Monarchs by Tony Boullemier is a great 112 page history book covering all the British monarchs from 1066 to present day (William I to Elizabeth II) with 5 bullet points and a cartoon about each reign. It has brief information on all 42 monarchs and Royal Families:
House of Lancaster
House of York
The Stuarts Restored
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
House of Windsor
English history with a smile on its face!
Overall, this is a great British history book that every school should have a copy of. This book gives you 5 facts about each monarch, good and bad. There are 2 pages about each monarch, the 5 bullet point facts on one page and a funny carton drawing on the other.
A lot of history books can be dry and boring but because this one has short facts written in an easy format without overloading you with too much detail it will appeal to children learning history and our Royal Families as well as anybody with an interest in the monarchy and would be great for quizzes. Although there are only five bullet point facts about each monarch it does give plenty of information with facts like Henry VI becoming king at 10 months old, George II died while sitting on the toilet and David Cameron is a descendent from William IV.
At the end of the book there is a brief description of the royal families and a 20 question history test to test your knowledge of the book.
A perfect introduction to the British monarchs and British history. Every school should have a least one copy of this book as I feel it is a valuable resource and may spark an interest in young minds of not just British monarchs but history in general.
Available to buy from Matador here.