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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Greeks [Paperback]

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30 Aug 2012 0330533886 978-0330533881 Unexpurgated edition

Tony Robinson takes you on a headlong gallop through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about the Greeks! It's history, but not as we know it!

Find out everything you ever needed to know in this brilliant, action-packed, fact-filled book, including:

- Why the ancient Greeks were mad about olive oil

- Who Pythagoras was

- Why Alexander the Great named a city after his horse, Bucephalus, and

- How the Greeks invented the first computer, vending machine and death-ray


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unexpurgated edition edition (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330533886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330533881
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Robinson has written many books on historical subjects, including TONY ROBINSON'S KINGS AND QUEENS, BAD KIDS: THE NAUGHTIEST CHILDREN IN HISTORY and THE WORST CHILDREN'S JOBS IN HISTORY. He has written several television series for children, including Maid Marian and Her Merry Men for which he received a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society Award. He presents's Channel 4's archaeology series Time Team, and played Baldrick in Blackadder.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Horrible Histories 26 Aug 2012
By Pardo VINE VOICE
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According to my daughter these books are better than Horrible Histories. She's 9 and is a huge fan of the Horrible Histories TV series but finds the books less engaging because she doesn't like the way Terry Deary complains about teachers so much. When I presented her with the first of these books she said "that's that elderly guy off Time Team... he's so old they're bound to be really lame." Half an hour later she was chortling away and quoting chunks out at me. This one was a hit as she knows she will be studying Ancient Greece next year at school - it disappeared in an afternoon on holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Horrible Histories you'll love this 14 Nov 2012
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Greeks is a humorous introduction to the Greeks for Key Stage 2 children. Similar to Horrible Histories, the book is packed full of facts in accessible and easy to digest chunks. It covers a vast range of topics about Ancient Greece including Greek Gods, myths and legends, inventions, the army, the Olympic Games, the geography of Greece as well as daily life. I found the humour missed the mark on a couple of occasions but overall I would recommend this book to children who are keen to learn more about history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight 21 Sep 2012
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This great little book would appeal to all those who are seriously into the Horrible History series, providing fascinating insights into the life and times of the Ancient Greeks. Full of well presented, fascinating facts with clear black and white illustrations, it will make a fantastic stocking filler for an young History buff - especially those aged between 9 and 11.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining 26 Aug 2012
By A John TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is part of a series of books by Tony Robinson, under the "Weird World of Wonders" title. The "Greeks" book covers the broad history from isolated city states to the dictators, the rise of democracy, the Persian wars and beyond. It picks up on particular characters, such as Homer, Hippocrates and Archimedes, and also looks at aspects of Ancient Greek society in Athens, and in Sparta. There are fascinating pieces of history, including the Ancient Greek Olympics, and I hadn't known that Aeschylus was killed by a tortoise dropped by a passing bird. Now that IS bad luck.

If you liked Horrible Histories, you will like this. I do like the way Tony Robinson's humour shines through, for example, talking about slaves, he says that "instead of a vacuum cleaner you had a slave with a broom, instead of a dishwasher, you had a slave with a sponge."

My 9 year old loved this book, and read it from cover to cover, delighting in trying to catch me out with information I might not know.

I'd highly recommend this, for aged 7 and up. Its a great way to get kids interested in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Robinsons Weird World Of Wonders : Greeks 20 Aug 2012
By romreader VINE VOICE
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Another fantastic educational tool by Tony Robinson. Illustrated with help from the curiosity crew Greece and its history is explained. From the islands that make it up to the Gods they believed in. Also How the olympics started and why Women were not allowed to take part or watch.
My child loves finding out about history and when read to her she never wants me to stop reading.
Find out why from Birth Women got the raw end of the deal and why having a Boy was prefered about 2000 years ago.
Easily laid out with modern phrases keep old history up to date with the young.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History to entertain kids 26 Sep 2013
By Ian Davis VINE VOICE
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For anyone who loves the horrible history books, these tony Robinson books make fun and interesting reading of history for kids of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for school projects 11 April 2013
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Reviewed by 10 year old son. This book had all the weird and disgusting facts and habits of the Greeks. If you were a Greek and you did practically anything bad, you would be sentenced to DEATH!! We won't spoil the ending for you by revealing all the facts from the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to Learn! 15 Jan 2013
By Linz
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A good, fun way to learn about the history of the Greeks and ways of life. Great illustrations to go with the information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Games, Gods and More!
'Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Greeks' is as funny as the man himself. It's written in an approachable style, and interspersed with pictures, cartoons and odd facts and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Moonless
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH THE INVESTMENT AND A FAVORITE WITH MY SON
My sons favourite part in the book is the chapter called Psychopaths; it's about the Spartans who were a little less Greek and cultured than the others. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Helpless
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not saying "It's all Greek to me".
Another excellent book in Robinson's line. Once more focussing on the more gory or naughty details of history (Spartan children being killed or left for dead, boys and girls... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Call me Sparky
3.0 out of 5 stars No colour and pathetic humour.
On page 7 which is entitled 'Frogs on a pond' there is a 'joke.' 'Join the dots and make the face of Wayne Rooney.' Making fun of a person's appearance is vulgar. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Moonshine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
The section about the ancient Olympics was great and humorous. Its quite a heavy text for a young reader so would certainly appeal to the 9+ confident reader. Read more
Published 24 months ago by xenofan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great history book in the Horrible Histories vein
Robinson has written an excellent book, rather than just being a collection of disparate facts about Greeks it is a narrative of what we know of Greek history over time, how our... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jo Bennie
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