Friday, 11 November 2011

8+: Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners - Philip Ardagh

Release Date: 07/10/11


"PARP!" Pssst! Do you know the story about Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and the -- er -- farting courtier? One day, when bowing low to Her Majesty, the Earl of Oxford couldn't help but break wind. The poor man felt SO embarrassed, that he left the court -- and some say the country -- for SEVEN years. Upon his return, after such a long absence, the first thing Good Queen Bess said on seeing him was, "Lord, I had forgot the fart!"


To be honest with you, we love books full of weird facts from history and whilst our usual tastes are met by books like Horrible Histories we gave this book by Philip a go as we thought that it would contain more of the same sort of thing. Whilst it is fun, parts of it are unsubstantiated and we like the bits that have basis on reality as well as having the information for the common man.

I’m not saying it isn’t decent or a fun book but when you own a large number of other historical fun facts, a lot the information within has already been printed in those titles. A great shame to be honest but if you don’t have any others, it’s a great way to pick up fun facts for going out and about and helping to breath life into the past with your young reader.

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