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The Hutchinson Book Of Kings & Queens [Paperback]

Tony Robinson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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4 Oct 2001
Kings and Queens have always provided their subjects with a great deal to talk about. But how much do we really know about them? For instance, who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet? And who is England's longest reigning monarch?In this fascinating and witty look at kings and queens of England, Tony Robinson provides all the answers to these questions and many, many more.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099417480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099417484
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How can it be that we had to sit through interminable boring history lessons when our offspring are treated to such interesting stuff? This book is just fantastic" (Hullaballoo!)

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The good, the bad and the mad - a lively text, accurate but full of fascinating detail and fun coupled with the outstanding innovative illustrations from some of the country's most inventive illustrators.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kids history book 26 Jun 2007
My daughter (10) is a history fanatic and it started with this book. She has read ir over and over and continues to blow the minds of us and her teacher with little known, but entertaining stories of the royals through history. She has now moved on to meatier stuff but Tony's book is a gripping introduction
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 year old boy loves this 6 Sep 2010
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We bought this for our 6 year old (nearly 7) son - who is just developing an interest in history - he loves us reading it to him at bedtime - each king or queen's stories are just the right length, bite size short, with multi paragraph sections on different topics. The language and vocabulary is easy to read and understand - with some great illustrations and a few nice gory stories thrown in.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How history should be learned! 29 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Filled with all the charm and gore of the royals of England, this book captured the attention of an American cousin. I am passing along the knowledge, and book, to my ten-year-old students of social studies. I can hardly wait to see the overseas package arrive at my door. I've thought about this book for two years, ever since my last visit to England. I couldn't put it down until the last page. Humerous, informative, and fun; that's how history should be learned.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value 8 Jun 2010
I bought this book for my son's 7th birthday. He looks through it every night. It has really got him interested in history and the monarchs. He finds the illustrations and quirky facts every funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kings and Queens 11 Jun 2012
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This is an excellent book for kids aged 6 and upwards - well written, concise, good illustrations and held my daughters attention well. A really good way to make learning fun so I recommend it highly
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hutchinson book of Kings and Qeens 28 Aug 2011
By Jack
This book has the double charm of being both accurate and having a touch of humour. It has been enjoyed by both my grand daughter and her mother as a book to be read together at bed time. The illustrations match the content and humour of the text As a book it was a well priced gift that was suitable for any time and especially valuable during school holidays as a reminder of work done earlier at school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Hal Marshall TOP 100 REVIEWER
I bought this book for an eight year old with a healthy interest in history and the entire list of all these monarchs already lodged in her head, thanks to that superb song featured in 'Horrible Histories'. It is a thoroughly entertaining and humorous read and has proved very popular with every adult who has so far found themselves flicking through its pages. Oh, and with her of course. That's probably more important I suppose, isn't it?

The illustrations are great and help to really distinguish each monarch from his/her colleagues. The writing style too gives each of these characters a distinct personality in the thoughts of the reader. With that in mind though, I do have a big problem with a couple of aspects of the entry on Richard the Third. Indeed, as far as my review is concerned, the book loses a star because of it. First of all, it is stated quite categorically that Richard had his nephews 'murdered'. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't, but nothing has ever been 'proved' so far as I am aware. Actually, the writing itself acknowledges that there was no proof of his guilt, but blows its big chance of offering a balanced view of things by then continuing, '... the evidence against him was very strong and most people believe he was to blame.' Do they? Oh well - that's all right then.

Even more disturbing than that is the manner in which Richard's 'hump' seems to be emphasised in the accompanying illustration. Fair enough, the discovery of his skeleton has proved that he suffered from curvature of the spine... but that's a far cry from making him look like Inspector Clouseau as he floats over the rooftops in 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again'. Where would Richard have got an inflatable 'Hunchback Disguise Kit' from in the 15th Century anyway, that's what I'd like to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 1 Mar 2012
By Mum
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I bought this for my daughter and can't get my head out of it. What a great way to brush up on your history together. It is sipmly written and fun with great pictures. We bought this a while ago but pick it up and re-read it quite a bit. A fab and fun book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
My grandson absolutely loves this book as he is so interested in kings and queens and as he learns to read is even reading it to his little sister
Published 3 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
My six year old has developed an insatiable appetite for history and particulary kings and queens and dates. This is brilliant. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dll
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed and regretted not buying it last summer while we were in...
Missed and regretted not buying it last summer while we were in England. We would recommend it for all ages.
Published 8 months ago by Janet G Keller
1.0 out of 5 stars Error-strewn
This book is littered with factual errors! I would list these errors here but there are just too many. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR L EDMONDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable history
This book makes history fun and much more memorable than being 'taught' in school. Perhaps I will remember the order in which everybody reigned now.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Malcolm T. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Robinson's Kings and Queens
An entertaining and useful book. Particularly as a quick reference, for example, as to which Henry and when. Also useful memory aids in the humour.
Published 16 months ago by Dawn Cutland
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but...
I ordered two books and both are a little crumpled at the edges. If they were for me I would let it go but as they are presents ... not happy.
Published 21 months ago by Sue T
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on Kings and Queens
My granddaughter was learning about Henry VIII at school and I thought a book on Kings and Queens would help her to enjoy the monarchy. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is it?
I have not recieved the book yet.Where is it? The charge has shown up on my AMX.card.Please send book
Henry M Pond
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Henry 3
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