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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1st edition (August 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761136843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761136842
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The real Dracula. Gladiators and guillotines. Life before toilet paper. Famous monsters: the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster, Henry VIII. Attila the Hun’s raw-meat saddle, disgusting medieval jobs, how knights in armor went to the bathroom, and why sailors liked eating in the dark. (Hint: You can’t see what’s crawling out of your food.)

What Joy Masoff did for science in her perennial bestseller, Oh Yuck!, she now does for history in Oh, Yikes!, an illustrated grossopedia of mankind’s freakiest, funniest, weirdest, and wildest moments.

About the Author

Joy Masoff, mother of two, fell into the world of gross when she became scoutmaster to a den of burping Cub Scouts, and then discovered that her Brownie troop has the same fascination with the feculent. She lives with her family in Waccabac, New York.

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Customer Reviews

He loves to read about gross things and this book has good amount of it.
Samuel K.
We have both and they are presented in an easy, fun format, full of informational facts.
KM
Younger kids may need help with the text, but all will enjoy the content.
K. Blaine

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susan H. Polos on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a book kids have been waiting for. As a school librarian, I can testify that copies of Oh, Yuck! are never on the shelf. Now there is a waiting list for Oh, Yikes! as well. Masoff writes in the most entertaining manner. She fully understands the mind of a child. Kids are so wildly amused by the subjects and the illustrations that they don't notice she's managed to include more facts than most text books. This is a wonderful book!!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is certainly enGROSSING... You'll find yourself reading it in almost one sitting. I can see children actually being distracted from their XBoxes to read this. And anything that encourages kids to read can't be all bad.

However, as has been noted, there are several factual inaccuracies. There is also a smug "we are so much smarter now" tone to the book. Children will come away with the notion that people in the past were morons and that any modern child has more common sense than the wisest ruler or most learned person of the past.

Also, there is a distinct anti-European and pro non-European bias. European history is mostly presented as weird, violent and horrible, while the main focus on non-European history is on positive achievements. We learn that Europeans robbed corpses to make false teeth, then we learn that Africans and Asians chewed a twig to make their teeth white. We learn about medieval European students urinating en masse into a barrel to sell to a tanner, and on the next page we learn about the sophisticated advanced universities of Dark Ages Timbuktoo.

There's a conscious effort here to present historical Europeans as beastly benighted savages.

My question is, why the need to counterbalance every disturbing fact about European history with a positive fact about non-European history? The book's subtitle is "History's grossest, wackiest moments", after all, not "How Europeans were worse than everyone else".
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Vitale on August 28, 2006
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We thought nothing could top "Oh Yuck!", but my son cannot keep his nose out of this book!! It is fascinating, educational and most of all...fun and hilarious. What better way to learn??
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Martinez on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Of all the presents my 8 and 10 year old daughters received on christmas this was one they were looking at all day, not to mention their 60 year old grandfather who said he would have enjoyed getting this book. This book is entertaining and you actually learn some things you never knew. This book is great for all ages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. O'Neill on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I suppose I shouldn't be shocked at so many other history teachers singing the praises of this book. I'm a history teacher too, and I say to leave this thing on the shelf. My 8-year-old got this for Christmas. After reading it with him, I had to find an outlet to express my utter surprise and borderline anger at this book's approach to history.

I don't refer to the "gross out" factor, which isn't a problem. What annoyed me so much was what several other reviewers have noted, and referred to as a front-and-center liberal, even anti-European bias. The slant Ms. Masoff brings to the table makes it hard to enjoy the information -- once you read one clearly false, easily disproved fact, it casts doubt on the entire rest of the work. Why would I want my kids reading poorly researched, albeit entertaining, errors presented as fact? And God help you if you believe differently than the author, who tries her level best to belittle anyone with a separate world view from her own. In some parts she includes little jibes and jabs, seemingly for no reason other than to insult.

In fact it's tempting to think that, with her obvious bias, Masoff may have engaged in a little "creative" research to put out the "facts" she wants, and carefully avoid including anything that doesn't fit her concept of the world. I refer any curious readers to another review of this book, the three star review by a "Mister E".

Two stars for the two-thirds of the book that are funny, and (maybe, with the above caveats) informative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on February 3, 2011
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It looks like a fun enough book. One that I got for my kids and really wanted to like. But, when I was just looking at the section on electricity I found out that Westinghouse was the inventor of AC current. Really? I guess because he's rivals with Edison and promotes AC, he's suddenly also the inventor of AC current, too. You have to wonder why a book with a subtitle of History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments can't even mention the wacky and wonderful Nikola Tesla? Hmmm....

I get a bit suspicious of books who fail to give credit where credit is due, or try to dumb down information to such an extent that it doesn't become information at all, but something more like misinformation. It's even worse if I have to wonder if the misinformation is intentional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Peskov on March 31, 2012
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I have translated the book for publishing in another language, so I got a very detailed knowledge of it and double-checked many facts the author uses.
I liked the idea of the book - it sells history to kids in a way that certainly will appeal to them.
However, it has a number a bloopers and outright flaws. I will list all incorrect data I've encountered, so that you be aware. some of them are trivial factoids, yet others are more serious stuff, in need to be corrected. I have also discovered that some of the passages match corresponding articles in Wikipedia verbatim. Which inspired which I am not sure, but complemented with several horrible mistakes, these coincidences makes me suspicious.

- The guy who invented hard hats was E.D. Bullard, not E.W. as the author states.
- In chapter on Dracula she incorrectly mentions years of life of Countess Bathory (1560-1613), while all encyclopedias list 1614 as her death year.
- in the article on Edison and light bulbs she calls Wilson Swan William.
- wrongly says that Joachimsthaler is named after a city in Germany, while that city is/and was/ actually in Czech Republic.
- She ridiculously claims that Napoleon's misfortunes in Russia from the onset resulted from cold/frosty weather there. The guy crossed into Russia on June 24th with months of fair weather ahead of him...
- She confused German Saxony with British Wessex in chapter on Queens...
- Indian Uprising happened in 1857, not in 1875.
- In The Titanic drama she touches on the story of The Empress ship, which, she writes, sank a few weeks after The Titanic. Yet it actually sank 2 YEARS after The Titanic's tragedy! Absence of this proximity makes all further musings on the topic irrelevant.
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