Off with their Heads!: All the Cool Bits in British History

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An entertaining and informative guide to the British kings and queens?minus the boring parts
 

Bursting with the best bits from British history, this follow-up to Thirty Days Has September seeks to inspire a love of history that can last a lifetime. It is suitable for a gift from parent to child and a learning companion to help all kids have fun getting the basics of British history. Readers will learn rules to remember...

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Off with their Heads!: All the cool bits in British history

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Overview

An entertaining and informative guide to the British kings and queens—minus the boring parts
 

Bursting with the best bits from British history, this follow-up to Thirty Days Has September seeks to inspire a love of history that can last a lifetime. It is suitable for a gift from parent to child and a learning companion to help all kids have fun getting the basics of British history. Readers will learn rules to remember the rulers, get to grips with the gunpowder plot, roam about in Roman Britain, and get a clue about the cruel fates of all six of Henry VIII's wives. Kids will also learn a poem explaining the events leading up to World War I, and become experts on the War of the Roses, the Hundred Years War, and the Industrial Revolution. Beautifully packaged and complete with lighthearted illustrations by Andrew Pinder, this is the perfect treat for any young history lover.

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Publishers Weekly
Beginning with prehistory and ending in the year 2000, this lighthearted overview of British history (published last year in the U.K.) features succinct accounts of prominent individuals and significant events--the invasion of the Vikings, the Industrial Revolution, Churchill's era, etc. Those seeking a general understanding of chronology and key concepts will appreciate the concision; b&w cartoons make good on the title's promise with lots of decapitation ("That girl was always getting in my way," says Mary Tudor as Jane Grey's head bounces past), though the overall tone isn't especially naughty. Ages 9–12. (July)
Kirkus Reviews

Fans of Terry Deary and Martin Brown's Horrible Histories and their ilk are unlikely to consider this latest imitation more than an also-ran. Oliver surveys British history from the Isles' Ice Age formation to the not-exactly-hot-off-the-presses 2005 news that London will host the 2012 Olympics. Though accurate enough in his broad picture, the author's debatable facts ("...the Romans introduced really useful things such as toilets and even vegetables to the people of Britain") and awkwardly written generalizations ("The Celtic kings consulted religious advisors to help them rule, known as druids") drag the bland text down even further. Pinder's pen-and-ink illustrations attempt snark but too often fall flat: "That girl was always getting in my way," remarks Bloody Mary as Lady Jane Grey's newly severed head bounces by. This catalog of major British kings, queens, wars, pivotal events and cultural milestones is unlikely to entertain—much less resonate with—American audiences. (index, royal timeline) (Nonfiction. 8-11)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906082727
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,314,399
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Oliver is the author of The Boys' Book of Greatness: Even More Ways to Be the Best at Everything.

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