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Product Details

  • Series: Horrible Histories
  • Paperback: 2880 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407108158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407108155
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry Deary writes both fiction and non-fiction. The Fire Thief was his 150th book published in the UK, this was followed by Flight of the Fire Thief and The Fire Thief Fights Back. Terry's books have been translated into 28 languages. His Horrible Histories series has sold 20 million copies worldwide. Terry has won numerous awards, including Blue Peter's Best Non-fiction Author of the Century.

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Awesome Egyptians: 4/5 Another good book.
Sebastian
The fact that they are British has increased their awareness of the differences in our shared language and expanded their sense of humor.
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These books make history interesting and entertaining.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mark S on December 31, 2008
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An excellent collection of books from the "Horrible Histories" series, this set covers events from the Stone Age thru WW2. Often graphic in detail but presented in a sophomoric, humorous manner, these slim volumes offer a wealth of historical detail that teaches history while at the same time entertains. The reading level makes this series accessible to nearly all middle school students from low to high readers and the topic format should keep even the most disinterested history students motivated and on task.

Not to be confused with text books, this series can certainly be supportive of classroom lessons helping to keep lower performing students on task and keeping their interest level elevated. It's common in my classroom to have students w/a "HH" in one hand and Wikipedia on their computer screens.

Title of series clearly states that this series is NOT balanced nor is it meant to be. These are not text books, nor are they edited, censured, generic, white washes of history. Obviously written for adolescent entertainment, the learning aspect is strictly an added bonus.

Can also be a good resource tool for classroom teachers. Much of what these books contain may not appear in more traditional textbooks but if one enhances their lessons with some of the information from "HH" you can be certain on keeping the students' attention.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on January 23, 2012
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Words cannot even begin to describe these books. They are simply amazing! In it you'll find all abou tdifferent civilizations from the Stone Age up to World War II. For the sake of simplicity, I'll give each of the books a rating:

Savage Stone Age: 4/5
I liked the Stone Age book, and loved the beginning of it. It was amazing! But by the end it kind of started getting boring. About 1/4 of the book was spent on archeology and not the actual Stone Age. And the final one-fourth, literally taking up over two chapters, was nonstop droning on about Stonehenge! It was all Stonehenge, and stonehenge, and stonehenge! The book started off fantastic--phenominal, but the ending was a bit off.

Awesome Egyptians: 4/5
Another good book. I liked it, but the organization was very odd. It talks about how to make am mummy, then famous pharaohs, then what to do after making a mummy, then pyramid-building, then more mummy stuff, then more famous pharaohs. They should've organized better because they're hopping from one fact to another. Also, too much time was spent on mummy-making, didn't explain too much about Egypt.

Groovy Greeks 5/5
Flawless book! I absolutely love the Greeks and this book did them justice--one of the few Horrible Histories books to actually praise the civilization they're mentioning. It was great!

Rotten Romans 2/5
You won't actually hear anything about the Romans (except maybe a few mentions of them) until Page 58--halfway through the book. Literally half the book is spent describing the Celts; and the other half kind of alternates between Roman life and Celt life. basically a book on teh Celt, scarcely scrapes over the surface of the Roman Empire. Really disapointing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HSC on May 12, 2009
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My 10 year old daughter loves these and seems unmoved by what might seem to an adult an unnecessary emphasis on the violent, macabre and depressing. It's been a great way to get her to read about history. The 20 book set is very good value. She and my 7 year old also enjoyed the audio book versions but they are much more expensive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Whitman on May 11, 2010
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I bought this box set for my 12 year-old and 9 year-old and they sat and did nothing but read for days. My son had a sleep over and I got to sit and watch 4 boys just read their way through the week-end sharing snippets with each other and getting into a spirited debate about historical periods, it was wonderful! These books are fun and give children an introduction to numerous historical periods in such a way that they do not seem to notice that they are learning.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on November 29, 2011
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It's amazing how many books this set contain! In fact, of the original series, only three are missing, and they're easy to find elsewhere. These books are simply amazing! There is difficulty in reviewing them since most are REALLY good. Here are my basic reviews, however:
Savage Stone Age: 8/10
Awesome Egyptians: 10/10
Groovy Greeks: 10/10
Rotten Romans: 9/10
Cut-Throat Celts: 10/10
Smashing Saxons: 7/10
Stormin' Normans: 6/10
Vicious Vikings: 5/10
Measly Middle Ages: 9/10
Terrible Tudors: 7/10
Slimy Stuarts: 10/10
Gorgeous Georgians: 7/10
Vile Victorians: 10/10
Villainous Victorians: 10/10
Barmy British Empire: 7/10
Frightful First World War: 9/10
Woeful Second World War: 10/10
Blitzed Brits: 10/10
As you can see, most of these books got a 9 or 10. Only one got a 5. Overall I would HIGHLY recommend this series. The only problem I encountered might not be a problem to most people. It's just that I have OCD and my books need to be in perfect condition, and every time you open the book the cover margin gets this weird white streak. All of them had this. It was probably just the quality. Either way, unless you're obsessive like me this shouldn't be a problem. I would highly recommend this series!
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