“The Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous”
The most reluctant of readers will find it difficult to resist this consistently disgusting chronicle of the gruesome deaths of 19 will famous people. Bragg’s informal, conversational style and O’Malley’s cartoon illustrations complement the flippant approach to the subject; the energetically icky design includes little skulls and crossbones to contain page numbers. Engaging, informative and downright disgusting. -Kirkus
“Failures, Flops and Flaws of the Awfully Famous”
In this follow-up to How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous, Bragg pokes fun, plays up, and revels in the mistakes of 14 famous figures because “There’s nothing better than reading about how someone else messed up.” Written in a chatty style, full of wit and laugh-out-loud moments, this charmingly irreverent delivery of history is not only entertaining but packed full of lessons to be learned. -School Library Journal
In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies!
A highly silly series that will get even the most reluctant reader turning the pages.
A.J., (a 2nd grade boy who doesn’t like school) and his arch-enemy Andrea (who loves school and everything else A.J. hates) attend Ella Mentry School, where all the grownups are just plain weird. In the first book, Miss Daisy is Crazy!, they end up with a teacher who doesn’t even know how to do math, read or write! Or can she?…just the same the class ends up having to teach her how to do everything.
Adults will appreciate how the book illustrates that respecting kids and balancing learning with fun can produce positive results. I should mention a caution to those not fond of exposing kids to name calling (ie. “dumbhead”) and mildly rude humor: “Maybe you’ll finally get kicked out of school,” said Andrea. “Your face should get kicked out of school,” I told her. Funny stuff, but some parents may not be thrilled with their kids parroting it…
Titles like Mr. Klutz is Nuts!, Mrs. Roopy is Loopy!, and Ms. Hannah is Bananas!, will keep kids coming back for more.
Follow A.J. through 3rd grade with the My Weird School Daze series and 4th grade with My Weirder School.