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Weird World of Wonders - World War II

With a lively narrative Tony Robinson has created a light and entertaining chapter book which deals with an important historical period.

Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War II is part of an entertaining series, bringing history to life with Robinson's unique slant.

Introducing Hitler as ‘a weirdly weird weirdo with a crazy gleam in his eyes’ Robinson effectively sets the scene for WWII, explaining how it came to be.

He describes Hitler’s rise to power - ‘he was mad as a box of frogs’ - before turning attention to other key political figures and their involvement. Churchill is introduced as a ‘large funny-looking man who wore a bowler hat.’

Snippets of quirky information are constantly introduced - great facts that are going to stick in little minds I’m sure.

Del Thorpe’s illustrations, alongside primary resources, are used to deepen understanding and at certain key points they provide a little light relief. 

The value comes in Robinson’s detail - he covers all manner of topics. Evacuees, The Battle of Britain, Hitler Youth, air raids, spies and Japan are all included.

This is a rich resource for someone new to the topic.

Overall it’s Robinson’s tone; his ability to create an interesting, engaging narrative that makes this an great go-to chapter book. He finds the right balance between amusing and serious - perfect for the audience and subject matter. 

Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders - World War II is perfect for ensuring a new generation is clued up on a very important period in history.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014.

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Everything you need to know about World War II.
Tony Robinson takes you on a headlong gallop through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about World War II! It’s history, but not as we know it!
Find out everything you need to know in this brilliant, action-packed, fact-filled book.

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