Agrippina "Atrocious and Ferocious"

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Ambitious Roman empress Agrippina murdered and married her way to the throne—and to being declared a goddess. She made many enemies, including her own son. But was she really all that atrocious?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose lust for power lost her the love of her people, and eventually, her life.

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Overview


Ambitious Roman empress Agrippina murdered and married her way to the throne—and to being declared a goddess. She made many enemies, including her own son. But was she really all that atrocious?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose lust for power lost her the love of her people, and eventually, her life.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Many of us have heard the familiar phrase: "Nero fiddled while Rome burned," but relatively few of us have heard of Nero's mother, the Roman empress Agrippina. What are her credentials for inclusion in the "Thinking Girls Treasury of Dastardly Dames" series? Murder. Banishment for treason. Lust for power. Jealousy. Agrippina even married her uncle for control of the Roman Empire. Join Bridges as she presents this lesser-known woman in an easily read work allowing for greater understanding of this era, as well as of people in first century Rome. Malone's illustrations serve as embellishments for the text, enhancing this biographical account, and creating the proper ambiance for a woman of flawed character. If there are any distractions in this work, it is that there may be too many diversions for readers, making it at times easy to interrupt the flow of Agrippina's life story. While this may attract those with short attention spans, it could disrupt readers needing a seamless, fluid presentation. Overall, as with others in this series, this will be a welcome addition to school and public libraries, especially since Agrippina does not have the same "fan-base" of other women in history. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
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Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby's Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children's Choices Award. Mary Wrightly So Politely launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To date, every book that Shirin has written or published has achieved national acclaim.

Peter Malone has illustrated over twenty children’s books for such publishers as Chronicle, Knopf, Putnam, Running Press, and Scholastic. In addition to creating gorgeous illustrations, he wrote the book, Close to the Wind, about the use of the Beaufort scale for measuring wind force at sea. School Library Journal called it “informative and utterly charming.” He lives in Bath, England, with his wife, a restorer of paintings, and their two grown daughters.

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