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It's just not horrible histories...
on 25 July 2013
Tony Robinson - he's that guy from Black Adder! He was so funny - so this book will be funny. Just like the great horrible histories books.
Well that was my thought process when I ordered this book. Unfortunately, with that kind of expectation it was a bit of a let down to be honest.
Clearly aimed for the younger age range 8-12's in style but the factual content probably lends itself more to older age range - so it doesn't quite match up.
Great photos from the war and those quirky little cartoons means it looks great - however when getting into the content you quickly realise that Tony's approach is not actually funny but just makes fun of people with sweeping statements "he was a nutter" or "he was a psychopathic lunatic. The cartoons mostly say factual things or things like "In the UK a rhinoceros like you is called a big twit". Which isn't even in the same league as horrible histories...
However, it IS informative (despite his sweeping biased statements), covering most of the key points and I learned a lot from it. However, my daughter aged 12 who has read EVERY horrible history book) and my son aged 8 (who loves action) both didn't really get into it and sadly it got left in daddy's study rather than be adopted onto their bookshelves. And I think that says it all.