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on 17 October 2001
I really enjoyed reading this hysterical book! I already own 26 of Terry Deary's "Horrible Histories" and have recommended them to cousins and friends all over the world. But now that I have read THIS book, I would put it first on my list of recommendations! I found it entertaining and full of history facts that I never dreamed had happened. Mr.Deary sets up his book so that on the left page there are diary entries of historical events for every day. But on the right side of the page, there is room for you to write your own Dreadful Diary entries for every day of the year! Terry Deary has outdone himself again! Because of his creative humor, I now look at history in a different way! Keep up the good work, Mr. Deary, because I can't wait until the next "Horrible Histories" book comes out.
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on 19 March 2007
'No matter what day it can be sure it's the anniversary of something really horrible, utterly disgusting or just plain weird..'
With his usual wit, Mr Deary has created a diary with a difference - the difference being you can record your own piece of history alongside the 'Horrible History' entry!
On the left-hand page there is a diary entry of an historical event for every day (different years) and the right-hand side is blank for the reader to record their own diary data!
Opening, rather appropriately, with the entry for January 1st 1660 -
'Samuel Pepys begins his famous diary today......

......History can be absolutely horrible - from the gruesome gods of the Ancient Greeks to the suffering chimney sweeps of vile Victorian times. Misery, gloom, pain and hopelessness. (Rather like supporting my local football club.)
It's all there!

Not a day in history passes without some awful anniversary being reached.
So here are just a few of them - one for every day of the year - for you to remember. Quaint customs and dire deeds....miserable memories to brighten your day! That's right! I said brighten your day!
Look at it this way. Every day you can write something in your diary.
If it's been a 'good' day then you'll be happy remembering it.
But, when you have had a `bad' day, you can read the dreadful diary of history on the opposite page and say - `Wow! I thought I had had a bad day. It could have been worse....I could have been around on this day in history........

....puzzle your parents with your wisdom
When they say on a freezing cold night.....'Just run down to the shop for a loaf of bread and a tin of mushy snails,' or when they growl those dreaded words, 'TIDY YOUR ROOM', you can say:-
'Sorry, parents, but I am too upset. You see, today is the day that Mary, Queen of Scots died.'
By the time you've told the sad little story of poor Mary's head bouncing on the floor, your parents will probably have forgotten what they asked you to do.....

Read this diary and you'll see that history isn't such a bad subject after all.
History isn't really so grim, gruesome or grotty...but people can be.
Enjoy reading about them.

History has never been so horrible!'
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on 27 July 2007
Dear Diary,
Spooky huh? That is a real extract by the way! You can find out whether your Dad shares a birthday with Ivan the Terrible! Or if 21 people drowned in treacle on the first day of school term! Or if Charles the 1st got the chop on your birthday.
Reread your history, and someone else's. This is fantastic gift for Christmas!
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on 15 June 2009
A calendar of horrible historical events, there's even room for your own life to be documented. Plenty of frightening facts about horrible history to keep children entertained while educating them at the same time. Highly recommended, the goriness of this book will make you cringe in terror!
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on 30 January 2013
I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history.
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
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on 27 February 2013
Very interesting book, my son has read it a couple of times and still likes to check on various dates from time to time.
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on 12 October 2014
Disappointed with this well used product. Child's
name and other writing inside the book.
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