I bought this book as a way to get an overview of the Vikings as part of our study of American history (Leif Erikson the first recorded European to discover North America). Each two page spread has one large-print overview paragraph, and many pictures, each with an explanatory note, often a paragraph itself. The pictures include many many Viking artifacts, maps, animals, and people dressed in Viking costume.
For example, the first 2-page spread is entitled "Who were the Vikings?" The main paragraph describes the years they were active, and gives a brief overview of their culture. There's a map of the Viking world. Also photographs a catty brooch, a dragon head from a warship, a chieftan's axe head, Thor's hammer, a sword and a silver Viking face charm. There's also an illustration of the romantic view of Vikings as well as one from an early English manuscript about the Vikings. Plenty of things to see to help with getting a feel for the culture. Each with explanatory notes that you can choose to read or to skip over.
Topics covered with a 2-page spread are: Who were the Vikings, Lords of the sea, A Viking warship, Viking warriors, Weapons, Terrorizing the West, East into Russia, Discovering new lands, A Viking fort, Other ships, Trading east and west, Kings and freemen, Women and children, At home, Mealtime, Animals wild and imagined, Farming, Getting around, In the workshop, Spinning and weaving, Jewelry, Games music and stories, Gods and legends, Viking burials, Runes and picture stones, The Jelling Stone, and The coming of Christianity. Finally, there is an index.
My 9-year-old and 7-year-old enjoyed this book and felt it helped them better understand the Vikings. My 6-year-old didn't necessarily "enjoy" it, but it did help her better understand what she had learned. I would definitely recommend this book to those studying the Vikings.