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on 10 December 2013
Grandson started reading it as soon as it arrived and finished it in a couple of days.
Was reluctant to buy after seeing it on tv, but then read another review above from a junior school teacher who ordered it for his class, so figured it was ok.
So glad I did.
Working through the rest of the Horrible History titles now!
What a fantastic way to get kids interested in history!
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on 13 July 2004
'Dire details about blitzed Britan that affected everyone in the country.'
'Every Governement lies to its people! In Italy, theirs said that they had bombed Britain so bad that they had shot the Loch Ness Monster and killed it!
"That must have been messy!"
"No, it was Nessie!"
Superb wit and wisdom mix to make this one of the best of the audiobooks from the utterly fantastic, Mr Deary!
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on 13 January 2008
...Dad's Army, or how sweet rationing drove a teacher to steal from his pupils, or what happened when an elephant got loose in the blackout, the full foul facts about life on the home front are laid out before your ears. It's packed with quizzes, sketches and jokes, as well as mini-dramas and real life re-enactments - telling you the kind of foul facts which just aren't available from a classroom education! This book is like most of the other Horrible Histories which have very practical timeline which are terrific! Rating: 7/ 10.
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on 19 April 2007
'The Woeful Second World War gives you the dire details about the worst war ever ~ from snow-bound cities under siege to fly-infested jungle trenches.

Want to know why wearing white knickers could get you killed in the Second World War?'

Read on!

The usual Deary humour flows through the 136 pages packed with facts, written in a variety of type styles, full of black & white illustrations/cartoons, from Martin Brown.

Split into chapters:

1. Terrible timeline
2. Home horrors
3. Frightful fighting
4. Awesome animals
5. Lousy liars
6. Chilling for children
7. The Holocaust

with an introduction & an epilogue.

Read on for curious quizzes, rotten recipes, gruesome games and much more.
History has never been so horrible!'

'23rd August 1939:

Shock! Deadly enemies unite! Mr Adolf Hitler of Germany (with a toothbrush moustache) and Mr Josef Stalin of the Soviet Union (with a yard-brush moustache) peacefully agree not to fight one another.
No chance.
Never trust a man with a moustache...

1st September 1939:

A. Hitler (the liar) had promised not to invade Poland. Today his army invades Poland...... and `peacefully' shares it with the Soviets. No one asked the Poles, of course.
Britain and France say they'll fight for Poland's freedom.
That means war!...'
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VINE VOICEon 30 November 2006
As a 13 year old I can remember having to learn about Franz Ferdinand, The Black Hand Gang, allies and enemies, dates and times and other mundane facts that actually didn't mean much to me.

In contrast, this book would enthuse any Year 7 pupil (and in my case 40+) to do a GCSE in History or just be grateful for our freedom and the fact that we can read a book like this!
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on 10 September 1999
"The Woeful Second World War" is Terry Dearys 16th Horrible History book, and this one is no different from the rest. It is evident that Deary has researched the issues in this book to a great degree, and displays them well. I enjoyed reading "The Woeful Second World War" alot. This was for a number of reasons. Overall Deary has cut the book into nine sections, each dealing with seperate aspects. The timeline is excellent in giving you a rough guide to the main points of the Second World War, and is easy to read with the boring bits left out. The main bulk of the book includes an ample amount of facts that are broken down into short passages, about three-four pages long, and being direct leave you knowing more. The book is topped of well with wonderful illustrations by Martin Brown. This book is a great read for Terry Deary fans and anyone who likes a light, non complex book. I would say that it is not a fact book on the Second World War, just a history book "with the nasty bits left in".
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on 8 September 2013
Purchased this for my class as we are doing WW2. The layout of this new edition is far easier to read and the kids love the pictures. What a bargain as well as it was reduced by a further £1.25
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on 27 November 2013
This is a fab series of books and every child should read them.It gives a child insight and gives them a thirst for knowledge about the past.Appeals to girls and boys equally. There are limited books out there that can say i can say that about.
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on 22 October 2013
My son is covering the Second World War at school and this book makes it more 'fun' to learn. Not that wars are fun but what I mean is that the way Horrible Histories is written makes children engage so much more. So this book comes highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 3 October 2010
Still very entertaining and interesting. It gives an idea of what it must have been like to live through WW2 on the Home Front, but not as educational as other Titles in the series, eg Terrible Tudors (which is brilliant). There is nothing about the battles or the various campaigns (probably because these would not be suitable for a humorous treatment) and it focusses on life in Britain (rationing, evacuation etc). Still a very enjoyable CD, entertaining for whole family.
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