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You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution!: A Horrible Time in Paris You'd Rather Avoid Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0531139271
LANGUAGE:English

" These books are so gross, but funny. " said.

" Good simplified description of the French Revolution. More gory descriptions than I was expecting, but it's hard to avoid thatwhen talking about the guillotine, I suppose. " said.

" A short children's book, similar in style to Horrible Histories, about the French Revolution. It's illustrated with colorful almost caricature style pictures and looks at the revolution with the typical dark humor of the rest of the series. " said.

" I didn't like this book nearly as much as I liked the one about the American Revolution (by a different author). It was quite gruesome for a book in the Juvenile section of the library. Granted, the French Revolution was quite a gruesome time. It's not a bad book but not a great book either. " said.

" From the "You Wouldn't Want to be.." series, this book tracks an English born French Noble woman through the French Revolution. Very effective for explaining to young ones what it was all about. I tend to feel as if these books are a little busier than I like, but the information is excellent - and some of the cartoons and jokes are priceless. " said.

" Age recommendation: 9-12This book is part of an entire series of books entitled "You wouldn't want to be a..." These books present a funny, yet realistic look at significant historical events. Funny cartoon illustrations are mixed in with factual, historical accounts of one of the bloodiest events of Western European history - the French Revolution. Recommended for intermediate grade level students, especially those who may be reluctant to pick up a history book! " said.

" Surprisingly, I think this is a rather weak addition to the series. The 'gore factor', if you want to call it that, is not over-the-top nor is it unexpected given the subject matter of this volume, but the trademark humour this series thrives on as well as the "Good Tip"s that are intrinsic to the appeal were certainly lacking here. There is the odd humourous statement, but overall this volume is below par. " said.

"Grace Elliot was a real person. A Scotswoman, she was one of the most famous courtesans in pre-Revolutionary France, so it is through her eyes that we see the lead up to the French Revolution, the Revolution itself and the aftermath.

Like all books from this series, there is a focus on the gross and disgusting facts, like the fact that the French rarely bathed and used perfume to cover up the smell and powdered their hair to soak up the grease. There are also illustrations to accompany the text.

Aimed at the lower reader, this is a great resource for younger students studying the French Revolution.
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