While living in England, we were introduced to the wildly popular Horrible Histories series, which is a mix between a chapter book and a comic book. They have now made their way to the U.S. My boys LOVE these! (BCHE Kim W)
The Mental Floss History of the World from The Mental Floss Store - "mental_floss has handpicked history's most interesting bits and roasted them to perfection. Packed with little-known stories and outrageous--but accurate--facts, you'll laugh yourself smarter on this joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. Remember: just because it's true, doesn't mean it's boring! Hardcover: 416 pages."