How They Croaked

How They Croaked

The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

Book - 2011
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A look at the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.
Publisher: New York :, Walker & Co.,, 2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780802798176
Branch Call Number: J 920 BR
Characteristics: 184 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Malley, Kevin 1961-- Illustrator


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Grossest book you'll ever read. Seriously.

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Jul 20, 2020

Kind of reminds me of "They Lost Their Heads!" I really loved it. Good way to learn about famous historical figures.

Jan 04, 2018

was a good book but was strange.

ArapahoeSarahD Aug 13, 2016

Although this book is written to attract a younger audience, I really had a lot of fun reading this. It was both funny and informative. Read this book to learn how famous people ACTUALLY died. Spoiler, no, Cleopatra did not die from a snake bite. What?! Yep.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 26, 2015

If this book was published when I was in middle school, I would have checked it out over and over, memorized my favorite parts, and grossed out my big sister with the gruesome facts within. Most importantly, I would have learned a lot and sought out more books like this one.

May 11, 2015

Fun and gross book, engaging enough for the reluctant reader.

Aug 18, 2014

I did love this book! I didn't think it was as gross at it was projected. It was very easy reading and I was done with the book in two days. The book is so informative and just a highly comical read. Do pick it up!

lakevilla_IDOL Jul 31, 2013

I enjoyed this book a lot! It had disturbing angd gross facts but I found it interesting. This book is a caudill book for 2013 and would work just great if you had to read a caudill book for school. In this book you learn facts of many famous people like George Washington and King Tut and how they died . Also this book tells what the doctors did in many types of dying situations. I would totallly reccomend this book to anybody who could handle blood and much, much more.

Doritos35 Apr 12, 2013

loved this book! so weird and interesting!

Feb 27, 2013

Oftentimes a children's book makes good reading for kids and adults alike...and this is one of them! A great mix of history, humor, lore and gore regarding the demise of such famous people as Julius Ceasar, George Washington, Mozart, etc.

Nov 18, 2012

It's a set of full accounts of how a lot of old famous people died. Assuming I haven't just put you off by that sentence, I'm going to go ahead and say this is a great book.

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