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History’s Biggest Show-Offs

Book Synopsis

Some people just can’t resist showing off… and this BIG book introduces readers to some of the biggest braggers and loudest show-offs throughout history.

This book takes young readers on a tour of some of history’s greatest show-offs, from wealthy kings and queens who loved to splash the cash to masterful musicians who weren’t shy about their talents or brilliant artists who could not stop telling others how great they were.

Some of the showoffs in this book include:

  • Queen Marie Antoinette of France, who arrived for her wedding with 57 carriages pulled by 376 horses,
  • Alexander the Great, who named more than 70 cities in his vast empire after himself,… and one after his horse!
  • The Montgolfier brothers, who showed off their flashy new invention, the hot air balloon, in front of huge crowds and even the King and Queen!

Andy Seed’s hilarious text brings these crazy but true stories to life, as he tells readers tales about massive palaces, fast cars, monster banquets, immense armies, frilly outfits, dazzling bling, musical masterpieces, epic artworks, outrageous inventions and much, much more!

Featuring long-dead leaders, artists, musicians and more, from all around the world, the snappy facts are paired with humorous character illustrations from the brilliant Sam Caldwell for maximum hilarity.

Our Review Panel says...

If you have children who like non-fiction then this is a ‘must have’ addition to your school shelves. Humour and history combine with eye catching graphics to introduce us to some well known (and not so well known) super ‘show offs’ from the past.Split into 3 main sections – People in charge, People who think up stuff and People who create things – we meet bold, brilliant characters who are known for their supersized power, riches, glamour, creativity or intelligence.

From the Ancient Indian Maratha warrior queen, Tarabai, to Henry VIII who showed off their power through military skills (and shoulder pads in Henry’s case); to the inventions of the Montgolfier Brothers, whose inaugural hot air balloon flight was staged at the Versaille Palace and the spectacular, showstopping art and architecture of Basquiat and Gaudi; extraordinary tales and quirky facts are shared about these characters who have more than made their mark on history.

The eye-catching design, illustrations and layout of this book make it accessible to a wide range of readers and children will be drawn in by its engaging, chatty, modern vibe. Top Ten’s and ‘battles’ between two brilliant minds in the same field (Edison vs Tesla being one) and a timeline to help give context also add interest. In addition, there are many ways children can interact with the book, with quizzes and questions carefully placed throughout and elements encouraging children to consider how they can stand out in the future.

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