He identifies the real city at the last minute--AFTER you've imagined it all taking place on home soil for us readers in Great Britain. We were the baddies this time. The obvious baddies, the individual crazy minds capable of committing unthinkable evil, are not spared. They're ridiculed and scorned and condemned. But Deary never lets you map the sins of any lunatic individual onto his or her countrymen simply because they share a nationality--or even because they share a dogma. Martin Brown's excellent illustrations help a lot, I think, to maintain the neutrality and the ordinariness of civilians.
It's a book aimed at kids, of course, and I think it's really easy to look at the people pictured here and think of them as your neighbors, or your schoolmates, or your gran. I keep hammering into my own American children who have grown up in the UK that yes, there WERE concentration camps on American soil in which normal American civilians were imprisoned based on their Japanese heritage. But it's still a violation of human rights.
And somehow the atomic bombs and their aftermath have not made it into my daughter's cultural literacy as this did into mine. But I'd still recommend this book as an excellent overview and intro to the horrors and heroics of the Second World War. The book's final image is a vignette showing two figures in silhouette: They're walking through a scenic landscape with an intact, pretty village in the distance, and the child says in a speech bubble: Apr 28, Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing.
And nor should it. I read this book for the first time as an adult and I feel like I learned a lot. Sep 03, Rory Scott Douglas rated it liked it. As one of the original series of Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, "The Woeful Second World War" describes the timeline, causes and key points of the second world war in a humorous yet tasteful way that both appeals to older primary school students and brings home the terrible nature of war.
It begins with a run through of the key events of WWII in chronological order, interspersed with funny cartoons to avoid a simple list of dates. This is, most would agree, Deary's defining feature of his boo As one of the original series of Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, "The Woeful Second World War" describes the timeline, causes and key points of the second world war in a humorous yet tasteful way that both appeals to older primary school students and brings home the terrible nature of war.
This is, most would agree, Deary's defining feature of his books and can help to lighten a subject which is often perceived as intense or over-intellectual. Although these strips are sometimes hilarious, great care is taken not to be inappropriate when discussing graphic content. The section on the holocaust, for example, uses cartoons to engage the reader without even the slightest hint of humour in order to really highlight the awful events that occurred.
I thoroughly enjoyed these books as a child, and would read them in my own time. This, I have always thought, is a great achievement of Deary's. To get a boy with a relatively short attention span to sit and learn about history without being told seems to be a holy grail of education, but he has managed it. Although the quantity of information within the book may make it hard to read as a class, this book and others in its series would make great solo or small group reads, especially for more talented readers of a primary school age. Jan 10, Nayantara rated it really liked it.
There is really no better way to get kids interested in history than by giving them a Terry Deary Horrible Histories!
I loved these books as a kid and I love to collect them now. Deary's take on history is hilarious and interesting. It may not all be true but you definitely learn something! Beli buku ini juga pada awalnya karena panik liat anak sendiri gak doyan baca. Kebetulan dia suka acara TV series-nya, jadi saya pikir ini bisa jadi jembatan untuk menumbuhkan minat baca.
Bukunya penuh gambar, banyak model komik, atau tulisan tangan, pokoknya rame, walau hitam putih. Jadi menurut saya udah menarik banget kalau dibandingkan dengan Enid Blyton di Indonesia waktu jaman saya seumur dia. Tapi ternyata dia kurang suka.
Dan karena buku ini dibiarkan begitu saja tergeletak di mana2 di ru Beli buku ini juga pada awalnya karena panik liat anak sendiri gak doyan baca. Dan karena buku ini dibiarkan begitu saja tergeletak di mana2 di rumah, dan karena saya abis baca Captain Correlli's Mandolin yang setting-nya WW2, saya jadi penasaran. Terlalu berat utk anak under 10 rasanya.
Beda kalau liat TV dibikin konyol2 berdarah2, tapi kalau ditulis jadi serius dan agak gloomy, walau penulis udah berusaha keras bikin cerita jadi ceria. Sebagai adult reader sih saya sangat enjoy. Penulis tidak menulis dengan berpihak, tapi adil untuk kedua belah pihak. War brings out the worst side of human being but also the best in others. Banyak fakta yang dibikin lelucon, gimana Hitler and Stalin tadinya best friend, tapi terus Hitler berkhianat dan menyerang Soviet. DI samping2nya digambar Stalin dengan kumisnya yang dibuat dari brush, soalnya emang tebel banget.
Sementara kumis Hitler dari sikat gigi. Fakta2 yg bikin angkat alis, bahwa Hitler sayang binatang, melarang perlakuan keji, eksperimen thd binatang, tapi it's ok kalau eksperimen sama org Yahudi. Cerita2 personal seperti sebuah keluarga yang mau mengubur kakeknya, tapi gak punya peti, akhirnya digulung begitu aja dengan karpet digotong keluar.
Pas tiba2 ada serangan udara, terpaksa mereka ngumpet dan ninggalin kakeknya begitu aja di jalan, pas mau diambil lagi udah hilang Ini semua kadang2 dikemas dalam bentuk kuis. Jadi kita gak melulu baca komik, or baca tulisan, tapi juga interaktif. Dan lagi-lagi penulis berulang kali berlaku fair, dia bercerita tentang serangan udara yang terjadi pada sebuah sirkus, kuda2 yang dihias warna-warni mati bertumpuk2 oleh serangan udara pasukan Jerman, badut, tenda-tenda, anak-anak dan keluarganya yang sedang asik pergi demi melihat secuil entertainment di masa yang luar biasa suram Penulis meng-highlight betapa prejudice adalah senjata yang paling berbahaya: Dia juga bercerita tentang orang-orang Jerman yang berusaha melawan Hitler, namun dibunuh, yang laki-laki digantung , perempuan guillotine.
Entah kenapa harus dibedakan sesuai gender. Juga cerita bittersweet, di mana seorang pasukan Polandia yang waktu itu di bawah NAZI, naik ke loteng, melihat 20 lebih org Yahudi yang ngumpet dalam kegelapan, tapi kemudian turun dan melapor kepada atasannya yg NAZI, no, there's no one. Di sini saya juga membaca tentang suatu episode di mana para penduduk desa, laki2, perempuan, anak2 dikumpulkan, ditembak secara massal, dikurung dalam sebuah Gereja di Prancis, desa Oradour-sur-Glane dan dibakar oleh pasukan Jerman, yang merupakan setting film The Reader yang dibintangi Kate Winslett.
The Woeful Second World War
In most people really believed that wars were fought only by soldiers. The 2nd WW changed that forever. Wars were being fought by everyone;people in the cities as well as men on the battlefields. An America said, "Total wars are won by the side with the biggest factories. You'd never see the suffering you caused. It helps us to look back at the horror and say the single word from the memorial at the destroyed village of Oradour-sur-Glane: REMEMBER Dan ini semua diakhiri dengan sebuah illustrasi seorang bapak dan anak yg bergandengan tangan, dg comment bubble si anak bertanya pada bapaknya, "Why is it that the ones who most need to remember are the ones most likely to forget?
What I really enjoyed about this one is that it acknowledges that both sides in the war committed atrocities. Less funny than the previous two I have read in the series but the subject matter is closer to home and more recent too. A young historian could learn more from this book than from a term of history class in school. We all need to remember World War 2 so we don't repeat it. Sep 06, Siobhan rated it really liked it. As a child history was one of my favourite school subjects thus making Horrible Histories the perfect books for me.
Nowadays children have the television series yet I belong to the older group that had the books. Personally, I believe any child who has an interest in history should give these books a go. Honestly, Horrible Histories are well worth a read. Sep 25, Marymary rated it it was amazing. I was attracted by this cute cover, the big rat. In the book, there are lots of funny pictures and interesting language, even it is a serious topic, but it never make people feel boring.
Dec 05, S. This is a very humourous take on the Second World War and worthy of reading even if you're an adult like me!
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This series is a good way to get the kiddies interested in history. I even learnt something from it whilst having a laugh. I do like this book series a lot. I've enjoyed the ones that I've read so far - it's good to play catch-up with these because they weren't published when I was a kid. Definitely something I'd want to return to again. Jul 28, Carrie rated it liked it. This is a really good place to start understanding the second world war, no matter your age. And if you're familiar with it already, all the better, because the overview is pretty awesome.
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Plus there are all these facts that are very chilling. But then the second world war was chilling, and this book doesn't shy away from showing it that way. May 13, Emma Dargue rated it really liked it. Really engaging look at the Second World War that although aimed at children and young people does not shy away from the absolute horrors of World War 2 and does not shy away from tackling the hard issues of WWII such as The Holocaust and I feel that this is important as it raises awareness about these issues so that they hopefully will not happen again.
Aug 25, Rui rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the first Horrible Histories book I've read, with 19 left.
Oct 12, Hanieh Salehi rated it it was amazing. A nice and humorous book for some light reading about WWII. Many interesting facts that cannot be found in other sources Jul 04, Teddy rated it really liked it. The best way to learn history! This book is full of facts about the second world war.
I liked the funny parts. A no-nonsense children's book that gives grim details from war, intending to make sure that children do not forget the horrors humans did to other humans during WW II. Mar 18, Chrissi rated it really liked it Shelves: Anything that gets kids interested in history rather than just electronic devices is a winner in my book. I've read a few of the Horrible History series, and it gets right down to the good, bad, and ugly without skimming the really ugly parts of the war.
The ending illustration is the most poignant part of the book, however, especially when considering the horrific scale of mass murder in WWII. May 02, Matthew Weirich rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is very informative and a great read for all people trying to learn about this war. I recommend this book to readers of all ages.
This series of "horrible histories" is also very informative for whatever topic you would like to learn about. For more details see What is a lexile? Other details pages Condition New. Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in and currently lives in County Durham. Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher. He spends his time writing and directing for his television production company, managing his website, terry-deary.
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Terry is the author of books in the UK and over more worldwide, mainly for children and teenagers, including the popular non-fiction series Horrible Histories. Horrible Histories were launched in and are now sold in 28 languages from Russia to Brazil, Scandinavia to China. In August he was still leading the way with thirteen titles in the top forty. France and Cruel Crimes and Painful Punishment. The Horrible Histories exhibition is up and running in museums around Britain until He has also just set up a television production company and is negotiating to make a series of audio tapes and writing radio scripts for BBC World Service.
Martin Brown was born in Australia but currently lives in Dorset. My son read this book 6 times and he never get bored.
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