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How They Croaked

The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
Bragg, Georgia (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
How They Croaked

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Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.
Authors: Bragg, Georgia
Title: How they croaked
the awful ends of the awfully famous
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2011.
Characteristics: 184 p. :,ill. ;,27 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 172-179) and index.
Contents: King Tut : back up the U-haul
Julius Caesar : I as in ides
Cleopatra : #1 across
Christopher Columbus : death by dirt
Henry VIII : who not to marry
Elizabeth I : she kept her head about her
Pocahontas : royal hostage
Galileo Galilei : staying alive
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : every good boy does fine
Marie Antoinette : I did not do it on purpose
George Washington : little mouth of horrors
Napoleon Bonaparte : I hate islands
Ludwig van Beethoven : between those ears
Edgar Allan Poe : oh, woe is Poe
Charles Dickens : a tale of two brains
James A. Garfield : James who?
Charles Darwin : what, me worry?
Marie Curie : you glow, girl
Albert Einstein : Einstein=massive cranium?
One more thing
Additional Contributors: O'Malley, Kevin - 1961-
ISBN: 9781451774931
Statement of Responsibility: Georgia Bragg ; illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Subject Headings: Celebrities Death Juvenile literature. Death History Juvenile literature. Biography Juvenile literature. Celebrities Death. Death History.
Topical Term: Celebrities
LCCN: 2010008659
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Comment by: LocketLibrarian Jun 27, 2011

At first I thought this would be too gorry for kids, but it is written with the right combination of humor and fact. Great for the person who likes a little gore with their history!

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Aug 18, 2014
  • Dee1nyc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I did love this book! I didn't think it was as gross at it was projected. It was very easy reading and I was done with the book in two days. The book is so informative and just a highly comical read. Do pick it up!

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

How They Croaked begins with a clear warning: "If you don't have the guts for gore, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK." They are not kidding.

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Jul 31, 2013
  • lakevilla_IDOL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book a lot! It had disturbing angd gross facts but I found it interesting. This book is a caudill book for 2013 and would work just great if you had to read a caudill book for school. In this book you learn facts of many famous people like George Washington and King Tut and how they died . Also this book tells what the doctors did in many types of dying situations. I would totallly reccomend this book to anybody who could handle blood and much, much more.

Apr 12, 2013
  • Doritos35 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loved this book! so weird and interesting!

Sep 06, 2012
  • Pisinga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Apparently it's a children's book. But I do not think so. Rather for teens. Still - any adult can enjoy it. There are interesting historical facts. Specific humor, because of which this book is more suitable for adults than for children.

Jul 15, 2012
  • danni2888 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book in the childrens section at my library. From the second I looked at it and read the first page I couldnt put it down. Such an awesome and disgusting book with interesting facts! I ended up reading it in one day. I loved it!

Apr 02, 2012
  • GiveMeMyNamePlease rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 20, 2011
  • CLLinda rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a weird but interesting book. It's done with humor and dignity on how people who were famous passed away. Murders, diseases, and many other things happened to famous people. It's an interesting read.

Well, this book certainly doesn’t shy away from the gross details. I can picture middle schoolers the world over going “eeeuuuwwww!” when they read it. I was already familiar with how most of the people died (though I was surprised to learn it wasn’t an asp that did Cleopatra in) but it was entertaining to view their deaths from a kid’s point of view.

Jun 27, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At first I thought this would be too gorry for kids, but it is written with the right combination of humor and fact. Great for the person who likes a little gore with their history!


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