How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous


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This award-winning book for reluctant readers is a fascinating collection of remarkable deaths—and not for the faint of heart.

Over the course of history, men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess—especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. From King Tut's ancient autopsy to Albert Einstein's great brain escape, How They Croaked contains all the gory details of the awful ends of nineteen awfully famous people.

Don't miss the companion, How They Choked!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802727947
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 90,350
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 9.82(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Georgia Bragg is the author of Matisse on the Loose, a middle-grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats.?

Kevin O'Malley is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series, as well as the New York Times bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share and many other books for children. He lives in Maryland.?

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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what a teenage boy would love to read. I am ,however,a 65 year old woman who laughed and shuddered with each grizzly occurance. This would have been good fodder for the creators of"Six Feet Under."
WordsOfLife More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting for people who are curious and what to more about our world heroes.This book shows unique deaths and some you might of heard of. "How They Croaked" should be for People as young as about 10 years old.I also think that you could learn a lot from this book and would be a great source for a essay. This book is also humors and makes you keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. Even if you aren't a big fan of history this book makes it seem amazing! I love this book and my teacher gave me extra credit for bringing it to school and showing her. The book talks about a lot of quirks of history you would never find in a textbook. I love How They Croaked.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book about some of the more famous (and at least one not-so-famous) people from history, and the ways they died. Often, bad medical beliefs of the time contributed, as in the ugly, long-drawn-out death of former President James A. Garfield.Often gruesome, yet also funny, this would be a fun read for the 5th-8th grade crowd, and includes an extensive bibliography, index and suggested further reading of books and websites.Highly recommended!
monajones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this semi-ghoulish book, Georgia Bragg puts together a compendium of famous deaths. Many of the people she discusses -- Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, King Tut, Charles Dickens, Marie Curie, President James A. Garfield, Napoleon, Edgar Allan Poe, Pocahantas, Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Galileo, Mozart, Beethoven, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and more -- are well known for what they did while alive. Less is known about how they met their ends.Bragg provides a lot of extra information about these larger than life people along with how they died. For example, Charles Dickens was bi-polar and suffered mini-strokes that eventually led to his death. And Galileo suffered from gout, which was likely brought about from all of the lead-laced wine that he drank in place of water, which was thought to be unsafe at the time. He eventually died from lead poisoning. It's interesting to learn about how such well-known, productive people met their demise -- and as she writes in the final paragraph, "There is one thing to learn from each of their stories: whether your dream is to study worms or live in a space station ... it's up to you. Whatever your story is, if what you are doing is so much fun it feels like you're just playing, you are onto something very important. When you feel that way, you are doing what you're meant to do. Don't let anyone talk you out of it. Because guess what? Eventually, everybody's story ends."
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Details on the deaths and final dispositions of some of the most famous historical figures. Features last words, gore and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! It taught me stuff I never knew, like how Albert Einstein's brain was smaller than that of an average person. It was very interesting and I couldn't stop reading despite the rather disturbing description of how some people died. Overall, this book is a good book to read and you should buy it if you like creepy reads.
Mikes_Dad More than 1 year ago
My kid loved this book, and so did I.  It appealed to a 12 year old and a forty year old at the same time.  Well down Ms. Bragg!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg, Kevin O'Malley Title of review: Number of stars (1 to 5): 5:5 Introduction How They Croaked had me sitting on the edge of my seat (and occasionally cringing.) Frankly, I had a hard time putting it down! Description and summary of main points In “How They Croaked”, read all about the interesting (and somewhat gruesome) deaths of famous people throughout the centuries. Such as why doctors drilled a large hole into Beethoven’s stomach right after he finished his Op. 130 in B-flat or how doctors “treated” George Washington by draining close to eighty ounces of blood before he finally bit the dust. Evaluation I enjoyed reading “How They Croaked” very much. The only thing I would change about it is make it longer. Hopefully there will be another one… hint, hint. Conclusion Georgia Bragg will have you feeling like you’re actually there with amazing details. I couldn’t believe that I was actually learning while reading this! It was too good! Your final review I’d one hundred percent, without a doubt, give this five stars. I would recommend this to anybody (in fact, I have.) It’s really that good. Maybe my new favorite book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago