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The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories) Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books; 1st Paperback Printing edition (20 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590132474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590132473
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,387,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Apparently the Greeks (we are talking about the Ancient variety) were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn't start school until they were seven and girls didn't have to go at all. Greek children invented all manner of cool games just for something to do, and the grown-ups invented the Olympic Games and made the men run naked.

As Terry Deary points out, though, in his Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks, things were not always quite as jolly and some of the more disturbing facts unearthed in this funny and clever alternative to the history book are actually quite, well, horrible.

Illustrated by the talented Martin Brown, Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks adds a certain edge to the study of Ancient Greece by getting down to the nitty-gritty of Greek life and letting rip with the kind of nasty, revolting facts that any kids would kill to get their hands on.


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Format: Paperback
Many a year ago I was given this book as a present for my 8th birthday. I began my "Horrible Histories" collection directly afterwards. The informative content is supported by witty little sketches and historical gags. The Groovy Greeks contains recipes and quizzes giving it an interactive dimension that will appeal to children and teens.

I'm 18 now and I can testify that I owe a great deal of my foundation historical knowledge and my general interest in the events of the past to these delightful books. I remember details from pages I read years ago, regarding Greek Gods and the Olympic Games (etc.)

So parents, get buying!
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By A Customer on 12 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
The Groovy Greeks is a good book to read it is a way of learning history if you're not good at it or you do not like learning history. I have not read many in the series. I have learned a lot from them and they give info about things children like to know like the gross bits about it. Like the way they sacrifice a person for the gods or the way they punish people for crimes like putting people in an iron house and heating it up until they melted to death.
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Every once in a while a book comes along that is educational AND fun. This is one of those few! It has everything, humour, entertainment, and educational value. If you miss this book, you will definatly be missing out on something worth while!
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By A Customer on 14 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
The Groovy Greeks is funny and helped me a lot with my homework! Martin Brown's illustations make it even funnier. It taught me a lot about Ancient Greece.
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By Tim on 4 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I really like this. The scenes are absolutely hilarious. The actors do a great job. My favourite bit is the bit about the Olympics. If you like the books you will love this.
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This book is a really cool book !!!! But not only for all the facts .....
It is REALLY FUNNY!!! It is a great book for children . I love it!!!
defiantly needed five stars! :) :) :)

GREAT BOOK!
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Has some very interesting facts. I would recommend it to anyone. WARNING: you may laugh, cry and snigger uncontrollably .
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Father Christmas delivered this CD in my sons stocking yesterday, we all listened to it, and what fun these adaptations are! Since the CD he has become totally absorbed by the Greeks - highly recommened.
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