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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous Paperback – July 3, 2012
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*Starred Review* From George �Little Mouth of Horrors� Washington to Marie �You Glow, Girl� Curie, Bragg chronicles with ghoulish glee the chronic or fatal maladies that afflicted 19 historical figures. Nonsqueamish readers will be entranced by her riveting descriptions of King Tut�s mummification (and the brutal treatment that mummy has received in modern times); the thoroughly septic �doctoring� that hastened or at least contributed to the deaths of Mozart, Napoleon, James A. Garfield, and others; the literal dissolution of Henry VIII�s body (�While lying in state, it is believed that his toxic remains exploded, and some of his royal splendidness dripped out the sides of the coffin overnight�); and the outrageous fates of Einstein�s brain, Galileo�s fingers, and other coroners� souvenirs. The author tucks quick notes on at least marginally relevant topics, such as leeching, scurvy, presidential assassins, and mummy eyes (�If mummy eyeballs are rehydrated, they return to almost normal size�), between the chapters and closes with generous lists of nontechnical print resources on each of her subjects. O�Malley�s cartoon portraits and spot art add just the right notes of humor to keep the contents from becoming too gross. Usually. Despite occasional farfetched claims�it�s hard to believe that Charles Darwin puked four million times, even though he was fanatical about keeping personal health records�this all-too-informative study deserves the wild popularity it will without doubt acquire. Grades 5-8. --John Peters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"O'Malley's cartoon portraits and spot art add just the right notes of humor to keep the contents from becoming too gross. This all-too-informative study deserves the wild popularity it will without doubt acquire." - Booklist, starred review
"The most reluctant of readers will find it difficult to resist this consistently disgusting chronicle of the gruesome deaths of 19 will famous people. Bragg's informal, conversational style and O'Malley's cartoon illustrations complement the flippant approach to the subject; the energetically icky design includes little skulls and crossbones to contain page numbers. Engaging, informative and downright disgusting." - Kirkus "Bragg holds forth on nineteen Big Names whose demises have raised eyebrows, questions, and probably a few lunches... Carried away on a swift-flowing stream of body fluids, medical ineptitude, and O'Malley's deliciously snarky artwork, kids will agree they got exactly what they came for." - BCCB
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'How They Croaked' goes further than just describing the "How" of the way some famous folks' lives ended -- there's also quite a bit of insight into some of the other medical issues they fought. And it doesn't just end at death... the book also reveals some surprising stories about missing body parts, thievery, etc. I learned quite a bit having it read aloud from the backseat during a roadtrip! Note: The book doesn't mince words when it comes to slicing, dicing and decomposing, so you can also expect this to lead to more conversations about anatomy, etc. Heed the notice at the beginning that says "If you don't have the guts for gore, do not read this book."
The publisher listed the book as appropriate for ages 10 to 14, but even at 8, my daughter was okay with it. YMMV. You'll definitely get used to hearing "Ewwwwww! Hey, did you know __________?"
Bragg spares no detail in telling us how the people she chose to be included in her book died.
In addition to the details of their deaths, Bragg also includes other interesting tidbits of history. For instance, after telling us about George Washington's strange end, she adds a section on Presidential Death Facts. She provides the readers information on the presidents whose faces appears on US money, from Washington to U.S. Grant, and the presidents who died in office, etc.
Adults may find the descriptions too detailed, but the age group that the book is written for, will love every little detail. It may be hard for adults to read the book to their kids, but the kids are going to love the book.
The bottom line is that both adults and kids will love this book. It is a given that the kids will want to share the facts they learn and the book itself. Adults will find themselves wanting to share the facts as well. The problem for the parents is that their kids won't let them borrow their book.
The stories are very brief summaries of the lives and deaths of famous people like King Tut, Henry VIII, Christopher Columbus, Albert Einstein, and Edgar Allan Poe. There's a total of 19 famous people listed in the Table of Contents.
This book was easy for my son to read without feeling overwhelmed because each mini story is only about 5-7 pages.
Plus I enjoyed the facts he shared with me each time he read about someone.
I have friends whose 10-11 year olds are reading the Twilight series of books. My son would have a panic attack if he had to read a 500+ page book. Granted, he'll eventually need to get used to the idea of reading big books as school progresses, but for now this is good for him.