How They Croaked

How They Croaked

The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

Book - 2011
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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. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:


It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state.
Doctors "treated" George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket.
Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.
Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2011.
ISBN: 9780802798176
Characteristics: 184 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Malley, Kevin 1961-- Illustrator

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AL_SARAHD 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_CraigGraziano 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.

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barlesc
May 11, 2015

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

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Dee1nyc
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!

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Minnetonka_Library
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.

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tayli170
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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Pisinga
Sep 06, 2012

Apparently it's a children's book. But I do not think so. Rather for teens. Still - any adult can enjoy it. There are interesting historical facts. Specific humor, because of which this book is more suitable for adults than for children.

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danni7514
Jul 15, 2012

I found this book in the childrens section at my library. From the second I looked at it and read the first page I couldnt put it down. Such an awesome and disgusting book with interesting facts! I ended up reading it in one day. I loved it!

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