How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg
Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Ages 11 and upOver 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.
--Walker Books 2011
BEWARE Awfuls of the 21st Century!
"The Candystore Man"
Jonathan London, Author
Kevin O'Malley, Illustrator
A jazzy proprietor takes a lonely boy under his wing. The Candystore man leads by example teaching what community is all about.
"And in basketball season
without any reason
but a blind boy's joy,
he take the kid to a game
and he be-bops words
i the blind boy's ears
about how two players
fell on their rears,
how the ball beats the boards
and rises and s-o-a-r-s..
then falls through the hoop
to the crowd's loud cheers--
and the boy sees what he hears."
"Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today"
Judy Finchler, Author
Kevin, O'Malley, Illustrator
Miss Malarkey's is just too sick to go to school. She's running a high fever. Kevin O'Malley humorous artwork depicts Miss Malarkey's feverish fearful concern-- who will be the substitute teacher? AND.....what pranks will they play?
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