The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece
The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece
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Annotation: A snappy, informative travel guide for the time traveler complete with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay, and top attractions and tips on who to have lunch with.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #168126
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Bonet, Xavier,
Pages: 114 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-451-48027-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-451-48027-9
Dewey: 938
LCCN: 2018011290
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
This irreverent introduction to ancient Greece answers "the buzzing swarm of questions with the flyswatter of information." Part of the Thrifty Guide series, it is presented as a travel book for time travelers, written under the direction of Finn Greenquill, CEO and Overlord of Time Corp. Beginning in Athens and Sparta, and finishing with Alexander the Great and the eventual fall of ancient Greece, there is a lot of information packed into these sometimes snarky pages. Sidebars highlight notable Greeks to lunch with, lost treasures to snag, epithets to avoid ("the Great" is so passé), and faux Yelp-like profiles of places such as the Oracle of Delphi and the Spartan barracks. Specifically, the book emphasizes the fact that while the ancient Greeks might be long gone, their legacy is enduring. Fans of the Addison Cooke series, also authored by Stokes, will recognize the madcap derring-do that marks the writing and makes this history book anything but dry. Final two-color artwork is not seen.
Horn Book
These tongue-in-cheek travel guides to Ancient Greece and Rome provide lots of historical information while incorporating plentiful humor, and cartoony illustrations add to the effect. As the jokey narratives cover important aspects of these civilizations, inserts suggest people and places to see during your "trip." Yes, the time-travel conceit is gimmicky, but it makes for entertaining reading. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
The details of life in ancient Greece are presented as a travel guide for visitors from the future.After prefaces, introductions, charts, and warnings, readers are welcomed to Athens and told that "ancient Greece is the birthplace of everything," a nakedly Eurocentric claim that sets the book's tone and is repeated throughout. Next, a visit to Sparta is presented as a risky experience for time travelers, with the gruesome details of how Spartans were groomed to become "the best soldiers in the world." In the Battle of Thermopylae, time travelers are invited to "have the honor of fighting for a glorious cause," to defend Greek civilization against the Persians, who are pictured as dark-skinned and sinister Middle Easterners. In the Battle of Salamis, "Xerxes is Beaten Like a Persian Carpet," as the subheading blares. Art, philosophy, and architecture characterize the golden age of Greece. In two chapters on Alexander the Great and his "Greek Conquest" (a chapter heading), the text's irreverence reaches a new low: The daughter of King Darius of Persia "isn't too pleased to marry her father's killer, but then, it's so hard to find a good husband these days." Apparently, the world owes nearly every positive advancement to ancient Greece; slavery, conquest, and oppression of women are just part of the package.This book is stuffed with fascinating information, but its presentation reinforces an us-versus-them mentality, with Europe on top. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-13)
Publishers Weekly
This addition to the Thrifty Guide series takes readers on a time-traveling journey to ancient Greece, as narrated by the snarky -Time Corp CEO and Corporate Overlord- Finn Greenquill. Readers are welcomed to Athens and Sparta and informed about historical events and figures, including the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis, Alexander the Great, and Greece-s golden age. Along the way, Stokes introduces Greek gods and provides historical fashion tips and other -Helpful Hints- on topics (-The only people who get to go to school are rich boys-). Bonet contributes light, good-humored visuals. Underlying the book-s tongue-in-cheek tone are insights into Greek history and mythology. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 17,901
Reading Level: 6.9
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.9 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 503695 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 960L
Guided Reading Level: W
Congratulations, you've made it to ancient Greece! Any nausea you feel from the time travel will soon wear off, and you won't feel like throwing up again until your time travel bill arrives.

At first glance, you may not think ancient Greece is much to look at, what with the dirt roads, dusty hills, and complete lack of chain stores. So, what's so great about it?

Oh, nothing, really. Only that ancient Greece is the birthplace of everything.

The Greeks are pioneers in painting and sculpture. They invent the musical scale. They lay the foundation for the world's architecture. They even invent theater. Think about that! Before the Greeks, there is no such thing as a comedy or a tragedy.

The Greeks invent democracy, our system of government. They also create the world's first trial by jury.

Hippocrates is the founder of modern medicine--he's the first doctor to treat disease using a scientific method. Herodotus is the world's first historian. Eratosthenes invents geography. Aristotle figures out that the earth is a round globe. He is also the world's first zoologist, classifying animals into species. Theophrastus is the first botanist in written history. What do these people have in common? They are all Greek.

The Greeks are the first people to discover that the earth revolves around the sun. The Greeks invent everything from the water wheel to the odometer. For better or worse, we have Greeks to thank for geometry and alarm clocks. Greeks even invent the alphabet that your eyeballs are using to read this sentence.

So, what's so great about ancient Greece? Only everything. Also, you already asked this question. You may be stuck in a time loop. If so, refer to page 10: "What to Do If Your Time Machine Is Stuck in a Time Loop."

Excerpted from The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece: A Handbook for Time Travelers by Jonathan W. Stokes
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The only guidebook you need for your next time travel vacation!

The Thrifty Guide to the Ancient Greece: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative travel guide containing information vital to the sensible time traveler:

  *  How can I find a decent tunic that won't break my bank account?
  *  Where can I score cheap theater tickets in ancient Athens?
  *  What do I do if I'm being attacked by an army of one million Persians?

This two-color book is filled with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions (Don't miss the first-ever Olympics!), and tips on who to have lunch with (Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus, naturally). If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook you would need.


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