The Woeful Second World War

The Woeful Second World War The Woeful Second World War presents the dire details of a war that affected almost everyone from old men joining the Dad s Army to the year olds defending Berlin to the bitter end Find out who mad

  • Title: The Woeful Second World War
  • Author: Terry Deary
  • ISBN: 9780439011228
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Woeful Second World War presents the dire details of a war that affected almost everyone from old men joining the Dad s Army to the 12 year olds defending Berlin to the bitter end Find out who made a meal of maggots, or which soldiers were so smelly their enemies could sniff them out.

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    1. I thought this was an excellent book.Up until this book my sole experience of Terry Deary was a free CD off a cereal packet--I think it was bits from Vicious Vikings--read by Deary himself. I wasn't impressed. OK, a wee bit of history was coming through. And it was entertaining. But it was hard to weed out the bad puns and jokey padding.I've revised my opinion of him based on The Woeful Second World War. Although it doesn't really give you a clear chronological overview of the war, it achieves o [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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!

    4. تاریخ هیچ گاه اینچنین ترسناک نبوده است!!!کتاب بسیار جالب و هیجان انگیزی بود من این کتاب را برای کسانی که از جنگ بیزار اند توصیه نمی کنم!

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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.

    7. 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. They’re truly gripping and so many topics are covered. Honestly, Horrible Histories are well worth a read.

    8. เหมือนเล่ม 1 (หมายถึงสงครามโลกครั้งที 1) ที่เล่าเหตุการณ์สงครามคร่าวๆ แต่เน้นไปที่วิถีชีวิตอันยากลำบากของผู้คนในยุคสงครามแทนเป็นหนังสือสำหรับเด็กที่ผู้ใหญ่ก็อ่านสนุกจริงๆ (หร [...]

    9. This is a very humourous take on the Second World War and worthy of reading even if you're an adult like me! 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. (yes, I'm that old.) Definitely something I'd want to return to again.

    10. 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.

    11. After watching the CBBC TV sketch series Horrible Histories, I was fascinated by the original books which were written for children actually, but I quite enjoyed it to be honest. This is the first Horrible Histories book I've read, with 19 left.

    12. 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.

    13. This book is very informative and a great read for all people trying to learn about this war. it is filled with interesting stories and facts. 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.

    14. Horrible History's The woeful Second World War By terry dearyI love this book it hooked me in straight away and I never wanted to put it down. Poor poor soldiers having to eat the Britty bickies.I think this book is suited for younger kids that want a good book but hate looking for them, and quests what? There is a whole series!

    15. This is part of the Horrible Histories series written by Terry Deary giving an insight into the Second World War. The book is meant for young readers and thus, like any other book in the series, it also illustrated.The book starts with the timeline of the Second World War, going on to talk about the British Home Guards, certain acts of espionage by spies, the actions of the Soviet and German troops and eventually about how animals were used and finally, the holocaust. The book was filled with lo [...]

    16. Okay let's talk about the Horrible Histories.You may be aware of them as a TV show, which I highly, highly recommend, but you may not be aware that they are also books! Which I also recommend!It's hard to talk about the Horrible Histories specifically. They're hysterical short nonfiction books consisting of maybe 120 pages tops? Aimed at children, they set out to tell you all about the really nasty side of history, which I am always down for. They're smart and funny with great illustrations, and [...]

    17. I'm almost ashamed to say that I still haven't completed my Horrible Histories collection. Having been such an avid reader and collector growing up I made a list recently of how many I own and was shocked at how many I didn't have. Time to make amends, I thought. I am now the proud owner of another six, this being one of them.You do forget if you've not read them in a while, just how gruesome they really are. This one was particularly so. It was full of death, torture and murder. Don't let that [...]

    18. When I saw this book I grabbed it at once and well it was what it was. Lousy attempt to make serious things funny, but it worked nicely. I was laughing at some parts of the book too much centered on Allied forces. The target group is teenagers, who at least knows that there was some war running in the past and historical facts are butchered to the burned Adolf Hilter´s jaw. One should not expect the hardcore history. Instead you are given some "funny" facts like why boys were wearing short trou [...]

    19. This book was actually not based on the flow of the war but the weird and bizarre things that happened during WW2. If I give an example, during the pacific war, American soldiers used the corps of Japanese troops as a meat shield. The Soviet army had deserters to march across a mine field.In occupied Poland, there was an extermination camp called "Treblinka death camp", which the name of the road to its gas chamber was called "The road to heaven". As I'm pretty interested in wars, this book was [...]

    20. I read these books to get a laugh and to relax from heavy history literature. They are fun, entertaining, light reading. You only spend a couple of hours and then you have finished the book. Terry Deary manages to find not so common stories to teach the most avid wwii historian something as well. I have learned a lot of new facts from these books when I thought I knew it all. This book is not as full of humour as the books are that only touch the Blitz. You can joke about your own people but it [...]

    21. Good overview of WW2 because Germany isn't the only one who did terrible things to its enemy: the book also describes the bombing of Dresden by the allied forces.As other books of the series, I feel it jumps from one topic to the other without going in too deep. And there are no references to where the author took that piece of information from.I'm not sure I like all those play on words. Honestly, I'm not even sure if I actually understand what they means.I wish it was translated into Italian, [...]

    22. I borrowed this from a friend. I was actually reluctant because that time, I was doing a lot of things, I was busy at school. It took me a long time to finish this book because I didn't have so much reading time. I really had fun reading this book. I laughed, I gasped, I scowled at nasty facts, and I learned so much. Who knew history could be this exciting. I recommend this to people who wants to learn about the Second World War and have fun while at it. I even found out some facts I didn't find [...]

    23. I subscribed to the series after watching an advert online, and read them as soon as they arrived, and couldn't wait for the next one to come out! They give such great facts about each time period and even on periods I knew about, the magazines contained information I had never heard before.A great improvement on the last few magazines! I enjoyed this read, and even though I knew some of the facts, it was interesting and I was intrigued from beginning to end.The only issue was that it was short, [...]

    24. Great informative fun for youngstersblurb - "The Woeful Second World War" presents the dire details of a war that affected almost everyone - from old men joining the Dad's Army to the 12 year olds defending Berlin to the bitter end. Find out who made a meal of maggots, or which soldiers were so smelly their enemies could sniff them out.

    25. Marvellous! Interesting stories, but what impacted it was the story of a Polish soldier who worked for Germany, hunting for Jewish people hiding. They went to a house where things were abandoned hurriedly and then, when they saw a ladder up to the attic, the Polish soldier actually went climbing the stairs and he saw 20 Jew women & children. When his leader asked him from below, he said there was no one and his acts save the Jews. Such humanity.

    26. I used to love these books at school yes they have been going that long. Our local library closed and this was in the sale of books couldn't resist it as usual amongst the illustrations and comment I learnt a lot of interesting facts that you don't normally get to learn like why white underpants could be deadly in WW2 If you don't know you will have to read it yourself.

    27. I think This Book Was very engaging and funny. My favorite part was when it was telling me about the brave animals in the war.I did not like the fact that all te people in the war had a food shortage and had to eat the dogs and monkeys. A fact about Hitler is that people think that he is still alive hiding somewhere.

    28. Ahh, the second world war. A time of misery and fear in which people cowered in fear of even a slight shadow. What I loved about this book was how STUPID and POINTLESS some people were when they were in fear. And I also loved the stories and sayings about things. And I learned a lot, too. A really great piece of work by Terry Deary!

    29. I actually read this because my 9 year old left it lying on the table.It was really interesting, I found out a lot about WW II, mostly where things happened and who was actually involved.A really quick interesting read!

    30. I think that horrible histories is a great factual and comedy book that is filled with interesting facts, funny pictures and and great jokes. I rated this a 5 star book because this is good for many ages that are interested in history.

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