THIS BOOK IS FULL OF INTERESTING STUFF ABOUT WORLD WAR 1. THIS IS HISTORY WITH THE NASTY BITS LEFT IN. WANT TO KNOW: WHAT THE "FAT KING"DID WITH FOOD SCRAPS VAND DEAD HORSE? HOW SNIFFING YOUR OWN PEE COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE IN A GAS ATTACK? WHY A PAIR OF OLD SOCKS GAVE AWAY A GERMAN SECRET? THIS BOOK TELLS YOU ABOUT THE HORRORS AND HARDSHIP OF THE WAR THAT WAS MEANT TO LAST FOUR MONTHS...BUT GROUND ON FOR FOUR GRIM YEARS. HISTORY HAS NEVERR BEEN SO HORRIBLE AND BY THE WAY BUY IT NOW!
'The Frightful First World War tells you all the horrors and hardships of the war that was meant to last for four months...but ground on for four grim years.'
The usual Deary humour flows through the 136 pages packed with facts, written in a variety of type styles, and packed full of black & white illustrations/cartoons, from Martin Brown.
'Want to know how sniffing your own pee could save your life in the First World War?'
Split into chapters:
1. 1914 ~ The year of the first shot 2. 1915 ~ The year of total war 3. 1916 ~ The year of the Somme 4. 1917 ~ The year of the mud 5. 1918 ~ The year of exhaustion
with an introduction, a 'Test Your Teacher' section and an epilogue.
Read on for curious quizzes, rotten recipes, gruesome games and much more. History has never been so horrible!'
'Why did the Great War start?
Lots of big, thick history books have been written to answer that question. But, to put it simply, by 1914 the countries of Europe had formed themselves into two big gangs...like street gangs. The gang called the 'Central Powers' were led by the Germans and the gang we call the 'Allies' were led by the French and British. The two gangs started collecting weapons, making threats and swapping insults, the way gangs do. All it needed was for one gang member to throw the first stone and a huge punch-up would follow...'
So exactly HOW did the First World War start? It's never one of the gang leaders that starts the fight, is it? It's always one of the scruffy little kids that hangs around the edge. In this case the scruffy little kid was called Bosnia in the Allies' gang...'
Bought for grandson who enjoys the series on tv, read it all in the week running up to Remembrance Sunday. Good introduction to young children, who in my experience, lead to more questions and discussions of WW1 and 2, and the role our family had in it. Apparently approved of by his primary school also, so very pleased. Am now buying other horrible histories for him.
I have read all the Horrible History books and this one was the best. It had all the jokes, all the cartoons and all the infomation you needed about the first world war. There are also some intresting facts in there that you don't hear in your average History lesson! By Matthew Manning