Sunday, October 30, 2011

How They Croaked

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg [j920 Bra]

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous, gives an educational twist to a macabre subject. Author Georgia Bragg's geared the book towards young adults who can explore how nineteen famous and infamous historical figures passed away. Braggs also sneaks in historical facts, highlighting events, historical facts and cultural issues that lead up to each great figure's death. These facts include; old fashioned medical remedies, political climate and relevant life stats on each figure. Braggs witty writing is accompanied by black and white pen and ink illustrations from Kevin O'Malley, which add a fantastic visually explanatory effect. Was Ludwig Van Beethoven buried, or are pieces of his body up for auction? Did Edgar Allen Poe succumb to rabies, tuberculosis or both? Where is Albert Einstein's brain's final resting place? Did King Tut die of a broken leg? How They Croaked includes answers to hard pressing questions like these and more! Check it out for the whole family to enjoy a great informational and spooky October read. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try A Tale Dark & Grimm. By Adam Gidwitz (based on the tales of Jacob Grimm), Uncle John's Bathroom Reader (series -- 031 Bat/jPB Bathroom Readers), Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.] -- recommended by Glory B. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ official Georgia Bragg web site ]

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