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About what isn't Shog sure? Why, the Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination, that's what. *snorts*

What do you think, flist?

(Shog will find out what he thinks around 14 March should the project come to fruition . . . . What? Knowledge is power, isn't it? :P)


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Sep. 13th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
It looks like a more specialised, larger format version of the Horrible Histories books we have over here!
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love those vids; I didn't know about the books!
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
The books came first, and there were a couple of goes at making them into a series (in a different style) years before the popular one started.
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
I can see a kid being really interested in this, aside from the general amusement value. And I like the sample illustration.

Though it immediately brought to mind My First Kafka, which I kind of covet for the illustrations (I admit that I've actually read very little Kafka).
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
OMG! I've added the Kafka-related book to my wish list. *dances*
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Well Aesop and Grimm weren't exactly nice and sweet. And I think if the art is as gorgeous as pictured and it draws children to history then why not? Especially if it is even remotely accurate and not controlled by what is considered 'safe' by certain school standards.

Kids like weird shit like this. Little Halo is now reading, with her father, an odd book called How They Croaked.
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I think that kids do well when not condescended to, and this book looks like it's matter of fact and interesting. Off to check out Croaked!
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
So, I am going to hop on the other side of the fence and say I have issues with this.

It's great that the daughter has a fascination with history. Hooray. However, history does not need to be tamed for a child. Instead she should be encouraged to read, read, read. It will help her more than a silly picture book ever could.

There are also several conspiracies surrounding each of the assassinations. These are things she would learn about if he had picked up a read along book and/or an audio/book about the assassinations.

When I showed an interest in English Kings, I was bought an English History Book. (HS lvl when I was in the 4th grade.) Same for anything I showed even the slightest bit of interest in. I was encouraged to learn about it, read about it, absorb everything I could about the topic... even if it was above my current level of education. Especially if it was above my level. (The only thing I was not given books for was Sexual Education.)

I'm actually kind of insulted by the childish drawings. It seems like a slap in the face to a very serious part of history. (These would be my feeling about any 'child's illustrated book' on any tragedy/death.)
Sep. 13th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Shog's concern is that the book might turn out to be a "Disneyfication" of the subject; I suppose we'll see in March.
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
That's...wait...it's a what, now??
::laughs hysterically::
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
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