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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous Paperback – Picture Book, July 3, 2012
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"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
About the Author
KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Maryland. www.booksbyomalley.com
- Lexile measure : 950L
- Grade level : 5 and up
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802727948
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802727947
- Dimensions : 7.08 x 0.59 x 10.07 inches
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Illustrated edition (July 3, 2012)
- Reading level : 10 - 14 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 __________?"
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.
He has shared some of the sections he found most interesting with me, and I sometimes sit down and read it with him because I find some of the information very interesting, too :)