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Rotten Rulers gives you the lowdown on the world's most loathsome leaders. From bizarre tsars and evil emperors to crazy kings an queens, people all around the world have suffered at the hands of their rulers for centuries. Whether they're nutty or nasty, fa or foul, those in charge rarely get it right. Want to know: Who gave the job of high priest to a donkey? Who choked to death while eating a crow? Who celebrated victory by eating his enemy's head? Read on for the power-crazed president who still rules from the grave and find out about the suffering slave who was ordered to collect 500 kilos of spider webs for his boss. Meet Genghis the Mongolian murderer and discover just how terrible Ivan really was. History has never been so horrible.
Damp wet rainforests and bone-dry deserts are nicely juxtaposed in this third bind-up in the Horrible Geography series
The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! This is a hilarious play on Robin Hood. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
A brand new mini-series by Ann Jungman (author of Vlad the Drac, etc) for 7-9 year olds. Set in Roman Britain, these are funny stories about Clottus and Twitta, their family and their household. Based in fact, these excellent stories are perfect for children raised on Horrible Histories, but also useful for the KS2 classroom. Cartoons from Mike Phillips keep the tone light.