February 18, 2015
The Dreadful Truth: Building the Railway
by Ted Staunton
illustrated by Brian Goff
Kids expecting a tedious textbook will be wonderfully surprised by this funny and irreverent book. Staunton describes all the scandals, blackmails and foul jobs with a perfect combination of wit and glee, as evidenced by one chapter called Having a Blast (the explosive kind). Aided by humorous cartoons, his book is a fast-paced, entertaining read that may just turn kids into history buffs.
Highly recommended for all school and public libraries.