Editor’s Pick: “Who Wins?”
Ever wondered who would win a slam dunk contest between Nikola Tesla and Louis Armstrong? Neither have I. And it’s not even remotely relevant to a study of history. Or is it? The notion of unexpected and often silly match-ups just might plunge you and your child into a world of history in the new book, “Who Wins?” by Clay Swartz (Workman, 2016). One hundred historical figures from around the world are pictured on either side of a flip-style hardcover, with interchangeable and entertaining competition scenarios between them. Galileo vs Beethoven in a world poker championship? Decide who would win by reading each character’s bio and comparing their individual rating in seven categories: wealth, fitness, wisdom, bravery, artistry, leadership and intelligence. Little known facts about the historical figures and top-notch expressive illustrations by Tom Booth round out this fun and engaging ode to history for kids of all ages.