Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12, Children 6-10

Book Review Children’s Non-Fiction

Title: Horrible Histories – The Vile Victorians

Author: Terry Deary

Genre: Children’s Non Fiction

Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library

Queen Victoria was the ultimate Victorian, and she was ‘not’ amused. Luckily YOU will be splitting your sides, as you discover how disgusting the Victorians really were! They may have looked all prim and proper, but they were a jolly naughty bunch. Lots of Victorians could be vicious, violent and villainous – VILE, in fact. So read on to see… * When the first public loo was flushed * What terrible tricks Victorian urchins played on posh people * Who had a gruesome glass eye for every occasion * How some Victorians made money from dead bodies * The gory and gruesome ways that Victorians died * The nasty things Victorians did to children. Plus you can discover the vile names Victorian kids were called, taste some rotten Victorian recipes and try out some terrible tests. History has never been so horrible!

This book in the Horrible Histories series explores life in the Victorian era. You’ll learn about Victorian food, what life was like for children and how girls became domestic servants. Find out about funerals, superstitions and life for factory workers. One Victorian superstition was that on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday), if you threw the first pancake to the hens, they will give you plenty of eggs for the next year. The Victorians liked to hear about villains too – both real life and fictional. Find out about the escapades of Mary Ann Cotton, Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. However there was one heroine in Victorian times that we all know of – Florence Nightingale. She was a nurse during the Crimean War and she helped save many soldiers’ lives, after they had been wounded in battle. This book is suitable for children aged 8 years old and over. 

Available on BorrowBox as an ebook

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