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Terry Deary , Philip Reeve
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2 Jun 2011 Horrible Histories Special
Readers can discover all the foul facts about WICKED WORDS, including how to be very rude ... without anybody knowing, some murky Medieval jokes and what to say if someone calls you mundungus, hackum or Jabbernowl. With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407111930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407111933
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
..........from the first word ever to dreadful dictionaries and sleazy slang.

Want to know:

how to be very rude without anybody knowing?
some murky Medieval jokes?
what to say if someone calls you mundungus, hackum or jobberknowl?

Read this book for some potty proverbs, wacky word games, ridiculous writers and rotten riddles.

Ever suffered a spelling test or grappled with grammar?

Get your revenge with some really wicked words - even English teachers will be speechless!

History has never been so horrible!'

The 'Specials' in the series may appear to be on the expensive side but they are slightly bigger than the norm, standing at c 8.5" and this one has 192 pages, written in a variety of fonts and is packed full of black and white illustrations and cartoons.

Written with the typical Deary humour:

e.g. From the 'Daft Definitions' chapter:

'Egress' - This word means the same as 'Exit' (so you could say it's a pretty 'way out' word). Not many people know that. So an American showman called Phineas Barnum used it when he had problems with visitors ............

e.g. Did you know..........?

Some clever person worked out that 'smiled' is probably the longest word in the world........but why? Answer: Because there is a mile between the first letter and the last. Boom-boom!

Mix up the letters of Charles Dickens and you get Rash Neck Sliced - ideal for the author of `A Tale of Two Cities'.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars comedy and history in one! 21 Nov 2000
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This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read!I have never liked history much, but this book changed that! I know now history is funny, interesting... AND HORRIBLE!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 7 Jan 2010
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Bought for a 10 yr old but I read it first and found it really interesting. Now I know why my kids are always quoting little interesting facts!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the parttime polymath 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer
I adored this book. Though the book series is not known for its thorough content, it is well known for its entertainment value and ease of message. I personally love words and language, so this book was a particular treat. For Mr. Joe Bloggs, it's just as interesting, and I hope will make them further appreciate the great mess the English language is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great as always 5 Oct 2011
My son is 10 and he has been reading these books for years. This one was another great one and I love the focus on the language. I wish they'd had these when I was a kid!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Giggle maker 12 Jan 2013
By Caz
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I got this for my 8 year old grandson for christmas. He was very pleased with it & was in fits of giggles at it
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