Gr 8 Up-This biography is organized by topic rather than date, resulting in confusion and repetition. It is written in stilted, difficult language, with unexplained allusions and occasional irrelevancies. Although there are numerous quotes, none of them are footnoted. Many of the old-fashioned illustrations are inaccurate. While the text does state that "many paintings and drawings of Charlemagne erroneously depict him wearing a beard," every illustration in the book, including the cover, shows him with a beard. The only map is totally inadequate. The book also contains internal inconsistencies and typos.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.