Dan Liebman is the author of many books on a wide range of topics, including numerous books for children. A long-time editor of trade and educational books, he is a specialist in plain language for both young and adult readers.
I Want to Be a Soldier displays the variety of a soldier's life. The book begins by informing readers, "Soldiers must be strong, brave, honest and loyal to their country." Next come recruitment, training, and skills like shooting and parachuting. Oddly, the first specific job depicted is a musician in a military band. Only after readers meet a medic and UN peacekeeper do they find a soldier in an armored tank: "They patrol a dangerous area." The last picture shows an excited boy-and-dad reunion. The series, of course, focuses on the upbeat, but its books may still provoke discussion.--Ilene Cooper"Booklist Editors Recommend" (05/26/2012)