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...
|Title||:||They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
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They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts Reviews
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In "They Lost Their Heads," Carlyn Beccia serves up a heaping helping of stomach-churning accounts of the severed body parts of famous (or not so famous) folks. The genius of this book is how the author uses the "gross factor" to entice readers (target audience, grades 5-8) to learn and ask questions about history and science. Further leavened with snarky footnotes, the book covers such tales as the strange fate of Albert Einstein's brain, the theft of Hayden's skull, and the treasured display o ...more
This was a cool historical book that was funny. Like, actually funny. This made me laugh out loud sometimes. I was absolutely devastated when it ended and would gladly buy about three different copies! I recommend it for ages 10 +. You really should know who some of these people are before your read this book. And it is okay if you don't know these people, because you are never going to know some of these people. But, either way, it's still a great book with great facts that everyone should read ...more
A fun, informative read full of fascinating historical anecdotes and gross tidbits. I wish it were a tad shorter but I'm guessing this will be a hit with my elementary crowd.
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 ...more
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.