I am so passionate about the charitable Nation Non-fiction Day that I wanted to keep its spirit alive by mentioning another fantastic title, this time from Macmillan Children’s Books imprint Kingfisher. This was sent to me to review.
The Book of Bad Things may seem like a bad omen but it’s anything but. Instead it’s a ‘sinister guide to history’s dark side’ and I for one love it. Published in a beautifully dark, padded hardback format this book is full of facts you never knew and perhaps never wanted to know. But I just love it and it will make a perfect present for curious kids!
Ever wondered what bibliophobia is? The fear of books…well I never. Or pupaphobia? I think that’s quite an obvious one…puppets of course.
This is such a visually stimulating book full of pull outs, secret guides and lift the flap sections. The narrator, a curiously omnipresent Count Droffig will haunt until the end of days and has much to tell from the poisonous pits and perilous libraries. There’s quite a few references to death but they’re told purely as statement.
In 1542 the poisoner Margaret Daby was the last woman in Britain to be executed by being boiled in a cauldron of wine. Puts Dickens’ saying “they should be boiled in their own pudding” in a different light, doesn’t it?
Each page of this wonderfully vast book is a treasure trove to be explored and looked at in awe. The kids will be impressing their friends with amazing facts for weeks to come. What’s great also is how the book also reads like a novel, thanks toCount Droffig. Use the book however you choose but know that once you open it, there is no turning back.
One last thing… did you know the North American Horned Toad can squirt blood from its eyes? Charming.
The Book of Bad Things 9780753419137 HB £16.99