They Lost Their Heads!
From the kidnapping of Einstein's brain to the horrifying end of Louis XIV's heart, the mysteries surrounding some of history's most famous body parts range from medical to macabre. Carlyn Beccia explores the misadventures of noteworthy body parts through history and springboards to exploring STEM topics such as forensics, DNA testing, brain science, organ donation, and cloning. The engaging tone, wonderfully creepy subject matter, and delightfully detailed art are sure to capture even the most reluctant readers.The famous people and their body parts include:Galileo Galilei / FingersLouis XIV / HeartGeorge Washington / TeethFranz Joseph Hadyn / HeadBeethoven / HairAbraham Lincoln / BodyChang and Eng Bunker / LiverPhineas Gage / SkullJohn Wilkes Booth / Neck vertebraeSarah Bernhardt / LegVincent Van Gogh / EarMata Hari / HeadAlbert Einstein / BrainElvis Presley / WartThomas Edison / Last Breath

They Lost Their Heads! Details

TitleThey Lost Their Heads!
Author
ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN-139780802737458
Rating
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Childrens, Middle Grade, Historical

They Lost Their Heads! Review

  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Filled with twisted humor and all sorts of facts about body parts, this book was a quick and entertaining story. While I read it in one sitting, I can easily see that it would be possible to pick this book up and read a page or two at a time without confusion. The book is quite episodic with selections ranging from a paragraph to three pages or so. Each selection describes what happens to a famous someone's body part or it talks about burial customs or decomposition or...The book is also liberal Filled with twisted humor and all sorts of facts about body parts, this book was a quick and entertaining story. While I read it in one sitting, I can easily see that it would be possible to pick this book up and read a page or two at a time without confusion. The book is quite episodic with selections ranging from a paragraph to three pages or so. Each selection describes what happens to a famous someone's body part or it talks about burial customs or decomposition or...The book is also liberally sprinkled with footnotes that either add additional detail, direct the reader to search google for more information, or are complete asides by the author. The book is also heavily illustrated by the author. I read the ARC but assume that the finished drawing will still be in black and white and rather cartoonish. They do add some interesting detail to the stories.Middle grade fans with a rather gruesome sense of humor will particularly enjoy these entertaining bits of trivia.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    If you like historical trivia of the icky and macabre sort, you will enjoy this book very much. I am please to know that Galileo's severed middle figure salutes the heavens to this day.
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Beccia, Carlyn They Lost Their Heads! 165 pages. NON-FICTION. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. $19. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence PG.After you read this book, you will either be the most popular or least popular guest at a party, depending on how many facts from this book you decide to share. And there is so much to share! Who knew that Ines de Castro, who was beheaded on orders from her future father-in-law, would be all dressed up waiting her coronation AFTER DEATH. Yep, her Beccia, Carlyn They Lost Their Heads! 165 pages. NON-FICTION. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. $19. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence PG.After you read this book, you will either be the most popular or least popular guest at a party, depending on how many facts from this book you decide to share. And there is so much to share! Who knew that Ines de Castro, who was beheaded on orders from her future father-in-law, would be all dressed up waiting her coronation AFTER DEATH. Yep, her new subjects were ordered to bow and kiss the new queen’s hand, or at least what was left of her decaying corpse. Then there are infamous grave robbers who made a killing (literally) by supplying fresh corpses to medical schools. Instead of just digging them up, they murdered at least 16 people before one of the grave robber’s skin was tanned and made into wallets. Not making this up!This is the ultimate fun read in macabre humor. Find out where famous people’s body parts are lurking besides their actual grave. Tabloid magazines have nothing on this book, which proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Beccia has an extensive bibliography to back up her great and gross stories. There are engaging black and white line drawings that add to the readability and make the text accessible. This is the perfect book to hook non-fiction readers and I couldn’t put it down.MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Michelle in the Middlehttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Mrs.
    January 1, 1970
    A book for the not-so-faint-of-heart but a definite book for those who look for horror or humor or mystery when it comes to death or body parts. Loved the mystery stories behind Lincoln's body being moved 17 times or the mystery of did John Wilkes Booth really die in that fire. I skipped parts that dealt with the more gruesome. Definitely, a book that will grab middle school reluctant male readers interest.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    #kidlitexchange #partnerThank to @kidlitexhange for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.Ghoulish humor, clever writing, and fun illustrations add up to a great historical facts book! They Lost Their Heads is all about history’s body parts and the crazy situations they end up in. This one is a real kid pleaser but smart and funny enough for adults to enjoy too. A great edition to any non-fiction collection.
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  • Linda Donohue
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a morbid book written in good humor. Many interesting stories. I most enjoyed the DNA testing that was conducted on a number of people. Middle schoolers will enjoy the book. I received the book as a Goodreads Giveaway and I thank the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review the book.
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  • Lisa Kizer
    January 1, 1970
    This book had interesting "facts" about dead bodies. Not always a reliable read, the author says "I can't have a little thing like dubious sources spoiling his fun" when she discusses parts of his book may not be entirely correct. I do like the fact that she encourages her readers to do independent research - even if it is a google research!
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, gruesome, and hilarious! My favorite is how the author often warns the reader not to eat while reading the next part--and then goes on to compare severed body parts or insides to food. Don't forget the footnotes!
  • Malia
    January 1, 1970
    Where are various body parts of famous people?
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Strange nonfic that tracks the whereabouts of infamous detached appendages. Conversational style, a bit gruesome, but undeniably interesting.
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