One can read lengthy biographies of historical figures. Or, with Who Wins?, pit them head-to-head in a Ping-Pong match, hot dog eating contest, or a pie bake-off and actually understand firsthand the strengths and weaknesses, the triumphs and losses of the people who have shaped out world. Interactive, die-cut, and fully illustrated, Who Wins? turns history into a compelling game. With mix-and-match die-cut pages (so each make-your-own matchup includes two historical figures and one wild challenge), readers can flip any of the three panels and match 100 historical figures in 50 competitive head-to-head categories, from mini golf to climbing Mount Everest. Each character is given a short bio and ranked in six categories-bravery, leadership, artistry, wealth, wisdom, and fitness. Let's say Charles Dickens challenges Mother Theresa to a lightsaber duel-will his superior artistry overcome her advantage in bravery and leadership? Or who wins karaoke-Nelson Mandela or Jane Austen? They both certainly have a way with words, but Mandela's over-the-top courage might take the day. Actually there are no right answers-the reader decides and must justify the answer based on the rankings as well as facts from short biographies opposite each character's page. History has never been so much fun.
Author: Clay Swartz Call Number: J920 SWA