Lizard_Lo... 5

Lizard_Lover

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me:

Member since:01.01.1970

Reviews:229

Quote-start

Off With Her Head

Quote-end
29.03.2003 (17.10.2003)

Advantages:
A great collection, invaluable for kids

Disadvantages:
None

Recommendable Yes:

23 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
very helpful by (98%):
  1. vdubbed78
  2. bellalucia
  3. Bodd
and 43 other members
helpful by (2%):
  1. Kyz22

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

When I was at school I did not have the faintest interest in History lessons, mainly due to the teacher not making the lessons exciting or informative. As I have matured I have developed a keen interest in all things historical and dreaded the thought that my children would find the subject boring if they too had a disinterested teacher. However, all of my children seem to find the subject fascinating, and devour books avidly when they contain anything historical.

We discovered the Horrible History books some years ago when my eldest son was about five. They offer an offbeat look at periods through History, with stories told in an amusing and entertaining way, which appeals to children.

Horrible Histories have now developed a magazine collection, which is published every two weeks, costing £1.99. As soon as it was advertised on the TV, we placed an order at the newsagent, and now collect our copy each fortnight. The magazines are based on the Horrible History books, written by Terry Deary, and are illustrated by Martin Brown.

The magazines tell stories of different ages through history, each week focussing on a different time period and gives them snappy titles, such as “The Groovy Greeks”, “Horrible Henry”, “Mummy Mania”, “The Measly Middle Ages”, and so forth. These titles appeal to children, and encourage them to take an interest in History, without even knowing they are doing so.

The magazines are produced on thick paper and contain approximately 23-25 pages per issue. The quality of the paper is most beneficial, as it is ideal for children who will read them not just once, but who will also refer to them during their education.

The front cover of each magazine depicts a cartoon picture of a scene pertaining to the history period featured in that issue, and is always of a comical nature, featuring speech bubbles with funny quotes.

Each magazine is aimed at a different time in history and has different sections.

TERRIBLE TIMES
*************

The “Terrible Times” section features a story in comic strip style, and tells the reader about a historical figure from the era in question. The story is a three page spread and always contains a title that will make the children laugh, for instance in the “Angry Aztecs” issue, this section is entitled “Cactus if you can”.

WHO’S WHO?
***********

”Who’s Who?” is another three page spread and in each issue focuses on a particular person from the historical era featured in that magazine. Origins of names are explained, and there are normally a couple of cartoons featured in the section. The “Horrible Happenings” section relates a custom of the era, which today would be deemed strange, such as when Hernan Cortes met with the Aztecs. The Aztec steward cut himself with a dagger, and offered the Spaniards his blood on straws. The Spanish were disgusted, but as this was a custom of the Aztecs, there was no reason for them to feel this way. Stories such as this appeal greatly to my children, and is one of the reasons that these magazines are so well thumbed.

FRONT PAGE NEWS
****************


This page, as suggested by its title, is set out as though from a newspaper of the time. For example, in the edition featuring The Aztecs, one of the articles advertises the sale of gold nose, ear and lip plugs in the local market. The advertisement advises Aztecs that if they are common, they will not be allowed to purchase gold, and if they are seen wearing any, the offence is punishable by death.

PETRIFYING PLACES
****************

This section deals with landmarks of the time, e.g. Tower of London and covers two pages. A large picture with some very funny scenes is captioned and labelled detailing the place in question. There is also a written section detailing places of the time, and the Tower where Henry VIII beheaded many people has always been of great interest to my children.

LIFE AND STRIFE
**************

The section is devoted to the day to day life of the period and also delves into the reasons behind “Rotten Rules” and “Loony Laws” of the times. The section also has articles on games that the people in this era would have played, as well as how children were treated. My children have read some of the stories here, wide eyed, as they have learned of the awful lives of children throughout History.

AWESOME ACTIVITIES
******************

No magazine is complete without a puzzle section, and “Horrible Histories” provides two pages in each issue. However, although the puzzles feature matching puzzles, quizzes, and crosswords relating to articles in that particular magazine, there are also some fun ideas, such as how to do some Aztec maths, using the dots and dashes from the Aztec Age. All answers are at the bottom of the page, but we always cover these up so there can be no cheating.

FREE GIFTS
*********

Horrible Histories of course contains free gifts with some of the issues. In an early issue, we received an attractive tin, which holds the Wild and Wicked Card collection, included in the price of the magazine. The cards are index sized and partitions are supplied with the tin, which divide the cards into segments, such as “Rotten Rulers”, “Death and Disaster” and Kooky & Spooky”. Each card contains some handy facts about different historical figures, and provide an interesting referencing tool for the child, as well as having a small quiz on the back of each card.

A display case was issued with the second publication of the magazine, which had to be assembled into an upright box type folder. A wonderful idea, as the magazines are then kept together, and not left lying at different places all over the house.

There is also a hard-backed timeline folder to collect which is set into sections, Sinister 16th Century, Scandalous 17th Century, Measly Middle Ages, Terrible 20th Century etc. The folder sets out important dates in History, and comical cartoon pictures accompany some of the listings.

My children both love the magazine and it has been far more helpful than any reference book with their history homework. It is interesting, and is written in such an amusing way, that it will keep children and adults enthralled for hours.

We shall definitely keep these for the grandchildren. If you have not seen the magazines in your newsagent, go and place an order. Your children will thank you for it.
  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

« Previous review   Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

bellalucia 04.11.2003 14:32

I think these are fantastic, I've bought a few for the little boy of a friend and he thinks they're great x

Bodd 31.10.2003 18:18

I lurve this magazine, and the books too. Any thing that gets kids interested in the world is top in my book. And adults for that matter... Bodd

JessL 21.10.2003 18:33

This op brought back lots of memories - I'm going to the attic now to hunt around for my collection of the books! x

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Horrible Histories »

1 to 3 out of 463 similar offers for Horrible Histories Show all similar offers
Horrible Histories - Series 2

Horrible Histories - Series 2

Created by some of Britain’s finest comedy talents Horrible Histories™ tells ... more

children about all the best bits of history and
brings it to life with brilliant sketches songs
cartoons and quizzes. Containing all 13 episodes
from Series 2 this fantastic DVD is packed full of
your Horrible Histories™ favourites
including ‘Stupid Deaths’ the
‘Bob Reports’ ‘Ready Steady
Feast’ and ‘Historical
Hospital’. Along with fantastic new features
- ‘D.I Bones the Historical Detective’
‘Vincent Larfoff’ and his ‘Scary
Stories’ find out about the fashions of
yesteryear in ‘Historical Fashion Fix’
and see what it would have been like if the
characters from history had access to the internet
in ‘Historical Desktops’! Special
Features: 6 Hilarious and Unseen Sketches

 Visit Shop  >
thehut.com
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  1 Day

Horrible Histories - Series 3

Horrible Histories - Series 3

Your host Rattus Rattus is helping to investigate history’s most gruesome unpleasant ... more

yet funniest moments! There's a whole new bunch of
memorable sing-a-long-if-you-dare songs Cleopatra
sings in a style Lady Gaga would be proud of Roman
emperors fight to outdo each other on the dance
floors and the Aztec priests warn us we 'Ain't
stayin' Alive'. There's rather a mess on the
kitchen floor in 'Historical Master Chef' the
historical paramedics make a welcome return with
their largely useless bag of tricks and David
Baddiel reprises his role as Vincenzo Larfoff with
more scary stories!

 Visit Shop  >
thehut.com
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  1 Day

Horrible Histories - Series 5

Horrible Histories - Series 5

Based on the best-selling books for kids (and for adults but they just won't admit it) ... more

Horrible Histories is an energetic surprising and
unconventional take on history's most gruesome
unpleasant yet funniest moments. From the woeful
World Wars the miserable Middle Ages and the
savage Stone Age to cut-throat Celts groovy Greeks
rotten Romans vile Vikings and awful Egyptians
history has never been so naughty. These are the
stories from history that your mischievous uncle
told you about; the gory smelly bits that your
teacher wouldn’t approve of. Get ready for
the funniest fastest nastiest and daftest ride
through history you're ever likely to see.

 Visit Shop  >
thehut.com
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  1 Day

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of Horrible Histories has been rated:

"very helpful" by (98%):

  1. vdubbed78
  2. bellalucia
  3. Bodd

and 43 other members

"helpful" by (2%):

  1. Kyz22

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.



Are you the manufacturer / provider of Horrible Histories? Click here