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Terry Deary's series of educational books focusing on all kinds of historical eras have been a massive hit with kids. He's released a set on almost everything historical and there doesn't show signs of stopping. The Cut Throat Celts is, as you expect, all about the life and the times of the Celts ranging from about 750 BC to 520 AD. It mixes in comedy, facts, jokes, gags and a lot of gruesome knowledge about beheading and killing things to make learning history all kinds of fun. The book is filled with illustrations by great artist Martin Brown, who adds a whole level of funniness to the pages, complimenting the words Deary puts on. The book features quizzes, comics, games and even just straight up facts and figures. Deary, in his series, makes a great job of making learning fun (something a lot of people try to do, but fail oh so miserably) and in only 127 pages, manages to cover quite a fair bit of historical fact about the Celts. While, admittedly he doesn't go into any real depth with the characters, that's not really the point of the series. He goes over all the important dates and figures, customs and lifestyles and when you're finished with it you have yourself a pretty clear image of what life back then was like. Terry Deary takes a page out of Roald Dahl's book and makes his books so interesting by not treating the reader like an idiot. It's so hard to find something for children that doesn't treat them like they don't know anything. I remember loving this book when I was a kid, and the rest of the series. The Cut Throat Celts makes the blood and guts lifestyle of those crazy Celts a great deal of fun to read and no doubt your child will have a blast with them too
My sisters got loads of these Horrible Histories books and last night when I was bored I read The Cut Throat Celts because I couldn't be bothered to go upstairs for my own book! I thought it was an interesting book and educational because it told me all about the Celts but in a fun way. It's a history book for kids and tells you about the bloody side of being a Celt, stuff like how sacrifices were done and the things saints went through to become martyrs. I thought it was a fun read and even though they don't go into the history in major depth for someone who doesn't know much about the Celts there's enough info in there to educate you. It's told in a fun way with the author poking fun at teachers and parents, there's loads of jokey parts of the book but even they are written with plenty of facts in with the jokes. A good part I enjoyed was a diary by Guinevere where she told the King Arthur And The Round Table from a woman's bored point of view, and according to her the table wasn't even round anyway! lol There's a mad couple of pages with recipes for the sort of stuff Celts would eat and I myself wouldn't eat them but I reckon if your child is learning about the Celts at school you could easily make the recipes and give them a taste of Celt life. In the same way there are games that the Celt children would play and they could easily be adapted to play in these times. There are basic black and white illustrations in The Cut Throat Celts and they are proper comical. The one you can see in the picture at the top of this review is typical of them and shows 3 druids about to plunge a dagger into a sacrificial victims heart, one is saying "We all have to make little sacrifices". The pictures are all funny like that but sometimes they're there to illustrate a point in the writing and then they're still comical but are drawn in more detail. I think all the Horrible Histories books are great but The Cut Throat Celts one was very interesting because I don't know much about them, some of the stuff in the book has sunk in good so I can prove to you that it's educational as well as fun to read.
The ghastly truth about the wild warrior race who weren't afraid to fight the Romans. The book includes stories about suffering saints, gruesome games for Celtic kids, and the dreadful Druids with their strange sacrifices and terrible trials.