This was the shortest Newbery winner so far. Not only is it under 100 pages, almost every other page had a huge illustration taking up the entire page. I can see how a kid in the 30’s might have really enjoyed this book. That was before WWII and the huge amount of propaganda posters/movies/tv shows/etc that came with the war. That’s really what this book is, it’s a short propaganda story. The premise is that it was ok for Atilla to slaughter all of those people. He had a destiny to fulfill. It was all part of a bigger story. It didn’t really impress me all that much. The illustrations were lovely, though.