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Oh Yikes! History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments

Joy Masoff (Author)

Reading Level: Ages 9 and up

Availability: In stock

$14.95
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Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing

Language: English

ISBN: 9780761136842

Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Product Dimensions: .8 x 8.4 x 10.6 inches

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Description

Gross is back and viler than ever! From the author of Oh, Yuck! the perennial bestseller about science with over 610,000 copies in print, comes Oh, Yikes!, an illustrated encyclopedia of history’s messiest, dumbest, grossest, wackiest, and weirdest moments.

If kids think pus and gas are fun, wait until they hear the lowdown on the real Dracula, samurai, gladiators, guillotines and vomitoriums, pirates, Vikings, witch trials, and the world’s poxiest plagues. Impeccably researched, deliciously wry, and subversively educational (check out the toilet-paper timeline), Oh, Yikes! covers people, events, institutions, and really bad ideas, alphabetically from April Fool’s Day to zany Zoos. Here are the Aztecs, sacrificing 250,000 people a year for the gods—and for food. Fearsome Attila the Hun, scourge of the steppes whose spinning eyes terrified his friends and whose mastery of horses terrorized his enemies (how does someone so evil die? Nosebleed!). Saur, the 11th-century dog-king of Norway (and not too bad as kings go). Henry VIII and his marital problems, the story of the Abominable Snowman and the Loch Ness Monster, why sailors in the old days preferred eating in the dark (hint: you can’t see what’s crawling in your food), and the answer to the question, “How did knights in armor go to the bathroom?”

Topped off with hundreds of illustrations and photographs along with hands-on activities that bring the past to life, Oh, Yikes! puts the juice in history in a way that makes it irresistible.

About Joy Masoff
Joy Masoff, mother of two, fell into the world of gross when she became scoutmaster to a den of burping Cub Scouts, and then discovered that her Brownie troop has the same fascination with the feculent. She lives with her family in Waccabac, New York.

About Workman Publishing:
Workman Publishing Company has been producing award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting guides, and children’s titles since 1968. Their wide range of high-quality non-fiction titles and products inspire, educate, and entertain readers around the globe.