How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:It is... show more
Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state. Doctors "treated" George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket. Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.
Publish date: March 15th 2011
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages no: 184
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Middle Grade
How They Croaked is written with a light-hearted tone; Bragg is able to embed humor whilst detailing the gruesome deaths of history’s most famous figures. Boys who are drawn to gory, disgusting tales will certainly not be let down. They will have much delight when they read each chapter like that o...
While I have been a book devourer for all my life, I've known lots of people who were 'reluctant readers'. So, particularly concerning children's and young adult literature, I look for books that will tempt a child to pick up a book. That is one of the reasons I love graphic novels so much, people o...
While I thought Bragg peppered each section with too much biography, there were a lot of long bits about illnesses and other suffering that kept the tone mostly consistent with the title. I took this book to a big literacy meeting to share, and got a lot of 'oh, that's nice' looks when I shared it. ...
Way cool. And not as gross as it could have been.
This book was so much fun! It's simultaneously breezy and gross, and I think it will be embraced with glee by young teens. There's plenty of fabulously arcane information mixed in with the obligatory exploding corpses, blistering plasters, lead poisoning and leeches. Covers lots of famous deaders, f...