Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How They Choked; Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg - - ESSENTIAL

Bragg, Georgia How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous,  illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, 200 pgs. Bloomsbury, 2014. $17.99. Language: G; Violence: PG; Mature COntent: PG. NON-FICTION.  

Covering 14 different people who were famous successes but actually were terrible failures, including Thomas Edison, Magellan, Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Earhart, this book exposes the  little remembered misadventures of our heroes. 

The illustrations are hilarious, the bios are brief enough to give you context but don’t detract from the purpose of this book - - their ‘failures!” I couldn’t put it down! Isaac Newton may have been a terrific scientist, but there’s a reason his personal papers were kept hidden away by his family; and Benedict Arnold was so much more of a bad guy than just a spy. No one liked him; this book explains why.   Not as gross as How They Croaked, and so delightful! 

EL MS - -  ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I also really liked this one for students. Its a sneaky way to get them excited about history and biographies. I do restrict it from younger grades, however.