Anyone with an interest in archaeology or in liars and braggarts will be drawn in by this slim biography of the hyperimaginative Schliemann.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
A colorful narrative. . . . Byrd’s detailed drawings extend the dramatic story.
Schlitz’s chatty text is frank with the reader about the difficulties of parsing fact from Schliemann’s fiction, developing her protagonist. . . . Byrd’s wry illustrations match the breeziness of the text and add verve to the whole.
Well-written. . . . Should give budding archaeologists plenty to discuss.
Pictures, timelines and maps make this book even more fascinating and fun.
In Schlitz’s carefully researched, sophisticated, and far more amusing account, Schliemann’s obsessions and his inability to distinguish fact from fiction bring him into focus as the monomaniac he was.
Simply and in an interesting-to-read manner, tells of the obsessive search of a businessman-turned-archaeologist for the ancient city.
In this lively biography, Schlitz seems to regard her subject with equal parts compassion, exasperation and admiration.