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What is in a rumor? Carlyn Beccia invites us to look more closely at all rumors and consider how the truth can become twisted over time in this one-of-a-kind combination of nonfiction picture book, graphic novel, and tabloid magazine....

Title : The Raucous Royals
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ISBN : 9780618891306
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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The Raucous Royals Reviews

  • Sylvia
    2019-04-26 23:09

    Ternyata ya, gosip tuh nggak cuma muncul sekarang aja, lewat infotainment, internet, tabloid, de el el. Tapi sejak jaman baheula yang namanya rumors tuh udah ada. Dan parahnya lagi, gara-gara rumors, orang bisa dipenggal kepalanya. Bahkan raja dan ratu pun bisa kena gosip (yaeyalah justru yang digosipin itu kan orang besar ya? seleb gituu).Buku ini ngebahas rumors yang beredar dijaman kerajaan dulu. Gimana rumors itu bisa bertahan hingga sekarang? Ya lewat tulisan-tulisan di pamplet, gambar kartun, jinggle yang dinyanyikan, juga dari mulut ke mulut (kek kalo nenangga gitu deh, bergosip di depan pager rumah kali ye kalo sekarang?) Tapi buku ini nggak cuma ceritain gosip doang, si penulis memberikan jawaban apakah gosip yang beredar benar atau salah, trus dipaparin fakta-fakta sejarahnya.Kek contoh, Raja Henry VIII digosipin sangat-sangat gemuk sehingga kemana-mana kudu digendong ama pelayan-pelayannya. Pelayan-pelayan lho ya, jamak nih. Jawabnya: BETUL! Bayangin aja, makannya tiap hari aja kepala babi, pie burung pigeon, puding angsa, belut bakar, kaki babi, ikan panggang dengan bumbu (tapi khusus yg ini hanya disajikan pada hari rabu, jum'at dan minggu saja). Tolong! Gimana nggak beratnya sampe 300 pounds! (ada yang tau berapa kilo?) dan dia mesti diangkat sama empat pelayannya kalo naik kotak kerajaan. Tau kan, kotak kecil yang isinya Raja kalo dia mau kemana-mana?Trus ada gosip lagi nih, katanya Raja Louis XIV, cuma mandi tiga kali selama hidupnya! HA? Can you imagine raja nggak pernah mandi? Baunya udah nggak lazim lagi pastinya tuh. Tapi jawabnya (untungnya): SALAH. Kenapa sampe muncul gosip seperti itu? Karena jamannya Raja Louis itu, kotoran yang ada ditubuh (makin kotor makin bagus) itu bisa membuat kita sehat dan kuat! Jadi orang-orang dulu mandi setahun sekali. Tapi, si Raja justru rajin banget mandi dan dia bersiiih banget, malah ganti undies sampe tiga kali sehari.Trus, trus satu lagi nih, Napoleon Bonaparte kan digosipin orangnya pendek ya? Pernah denger kan? Jawabannya mau tau gak? SALAH! Bahkan dia setengah inci lebih tinggi dibanding rata-rata tinggi orang di jamannya. Kalo sekarang dia masih ada pasti kepilih jadi pemain basket deh! Pokoknya buku ini asik banget deh, nggak cuma tulisan tapi banyak gambarnya juga, jadi nggak ngebosenin. Dan banyak fakta sejarah yang bisa kita dapetin. Entertaining juga educating kali ye bahasa kerennya.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-05-22 23:07

    It was ok, a bit too chatty and informal, and even confusing in one spot (p.54). I suppose it might intrigue kids to want to read more on these historical mysteries and rumors. The information in it was interesting; I just didn't care for the way it was presented.

  • VegasGal
    2019-05-15 06:17

    Any book that can teach kids about history while making them laugh and allows them to solve mysteries and rumors about those "boring and uncool Royals" is a great thing, and this book did just that.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-29 05:03

    Very cute illustrations. But I found two glaring errors that bring the rating down. -Anne Boleyn was executed on May 19, 1536, not on May 17, as this book claims. -Marie Antoinette was married to Louis XVI not Louis XIV, as this book incorrectly states.Who knows how many more errors are in this book? Can't be trusted. Any editor should've caught these mistakes? Isn't that their job? Forget that the author herself should've corrected this before printing it in her name. Other than that, it was cute and engaging, if not inaccurate.

  • Lucy
    2019-04-27 07:00

    …I dare you to judge this book by its cover…Trust your feeling about this one-You’ll be right on.Instantaneously this book will grab your attention with its gorgeous cover, regal writing, royal colours and cleverly amusing illustrations. A deliciously tempting visual fest, The Raucous Royals is filled with the most outrageous historical rumors that instantly captivate the interest. Your child will want to find out –Did that happen? That’s so funny! That didn’t happen!...Or, did it? No way to find out but to keep on reading; and that’s what will happen cause your child won’t let you put it down.Carlyn Beccia (check out her blog)is a fantastic author! She has devised a sure way to whet a child’s appetite for history. The book is filled with guessing games, secret codes, experiments, quizzes and the most hilarious, almost caricature-like illustrations ever. And that’s only the half of it…the best part is savored in the history! That’s where you discover whether King Richard really did murder his nephews; or whether Anne Boleyn had six fingers; if Mary Queen of Scots plotted to assassinate her cousin Elizabeth I-or- if King Louis XIV took only three baths in his life! What?!All rumors? Or fact? You won’t be misled. Everything is explained with clarity, fun, and complete accuracy. Carlyn Beccia’s work reveals itself as intelligent, witty, creative and well researched. The Raucous Royals is filled with interactive, thought provoking questions and topics that trigger the mind. Your child will love using his detective instincts to search and find out the truth while learning interesting historical facts. I just can’t say enough about the presentation and content of this book. Well written and beautifully illustrated; the book will captivate young children, while being sophisticated enough to keep older teens just as enthralled.The perfect blend between historical accuracy and splendor in creative entertainment, The Raucous Royals depicts history through an amazingly unique and enticing approach that will have kids falling in love with the past.Ages: 7…(adults will absolutely love this book too – along with the whole experience!)From Sophia's Corner:Sophia's Opinion:I liked reading about Henry VIII so much! He was so fat that his servant people carried him around. He’s my favourite and that was so funny. I even learned how to write the code like Mary the Queen of Scott. That was fun too.Right now this is my favourite, bestest book in the world.Rating: 5 Castles butI want to give it 6!

  • Kris Waldherr
    2019-05-23 02:56

    The Raucous Royals is given life by the prodigiously talented Carlyn Beccia, who wrote, illustrated and designed it. Accordingly, the book has a remarkable integration between text, design and art. The book is designed to look like part tabloid magazine, part graphic novel, part Ye Olde Master homage. Frankly, I'm amazed to learn that this is only Beccia's second picture book; her debut was Who Put the B in Ballyhoo?, a circus-inspired alphabet.(Yes, technically these are picture books marketed to children. But I think they're really for any age -- beautifully illustrated books are ageless -- though The Raucous Royals is definitely slanted to an older audience than Ballyhoo. Figure kids over eight.)The core of The Raucous Royals is how history is "a Distillation of Rumors."* Beccia writes: "Once a rumor is born, it never truly dies. Before television, tabloid magazines, and the Internet, rumors about royalty were started by clever jingles, silly cartoons, small books called pamphlets, and simple word of mouth." From there, she deconstructs over a dozen rumors from the last five hundred years, starting with Vlad the Impader and finishing with England's unfortunate George III.It's a fun romp, made all the livelier by Beccia's knowing wit and clever art. All the wives of Henry VIII are there, including Anne Boleyn and her supposed sixth finger. Elizabeth and her cousin Mary Stuart are presented in a Rashomon-like format. I especially liked Beccia's explanations of some of the stranger health obsessions of times past, such as "The Boil Butt Beautifier." Apparently Louis XIV was prone to nasty boils on his... well, you get the idea!A few rumors are lightly glossed over because of the juvenile market constraint. For example, Beccia plays coy in her presentation of Catherine the Great's supposed death-by-horse. The rumor she offers: "Catherine the great empress of Russia, died after being crushed by her horse." Um, well, only half the story there. But how else could you explain this to a G-rated audience without tipping toward a racy R rating? It's a tricky thing -- and this is one tale from history that is just too juicy to leave out.I think The Raucous Royals would make a delectable gift for any history fan, especially if they're on the younger side. I know if I'd had this book as a kid, I would eaten it up like coffee ice cream, my favorite childhood treat. So highly recommended for the holidays, birthdays and beyond. I can imagine many a juicy school report being fueled by it.* Quote from Thomas Carlyle, 1795 - 1881.

  • Molly
    2019-05-02 07:03

    This book caught my eye when a professor was describing different ways to appeal to reluctant readers.It’s a pretty good book, especially for younger readersRaucous Royals starts each chapter by stating a royal rumor, then asking if it’s true or false. For example, did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake”? Was Prince Dracula a real vampire? Then a short, clever, highly illustrated chapter details the answer. One of the things I loved most about the book was the Q/A format: it encourages questions within the text. It’s very interactive, including little quizzes and some instruction on how to research historical rumors. Additionally, when historians can’t agree on an answer, the book’s answer is “You decide!” followed by some evidence on both sides of the issue. I actually learned quite a bit from this, and had a lot of fun realizing how little I knew about certain historical events. Plus, because it regards royals, there is something inherently fascinating about it.I wouldn’t use this book past middle school, simply because it’s written for a younger audience, and I think high schoolers would be offended if you made them read this. It would be great to teach a history unit using this book. History textbooks are usually very dull, but Raucous Royals is written with such clever tone and animated illustrations that it inspires interest. The one thing that sort of irritated me about the book is that it is only a surface-level examination of these rulers. The book is not intended to be too detailed, so it didn’t bother me too much, but it was there.Warnings:Drugs: none.Sex: One short article within the book talks about Napoleon’s wedding night, and several chapters talk about the many wives of Henry VIII, but sex is not directly discussed.Language: none.Violence: Some of these rulers have done some terrible things to their people. None of these things are described in detail or have illustrations of them, but they are briefly mentioned.

  • Nicola Turner
    2019-05-07 07:18

    There's nothing better than a bit of juicy gossip about royals. It's what makes history interesting and probably why I find most American history pretty boring. Never mind the fact that they slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people, spent money lavishly while their subjects starved, and went around taking over other people's countries. The point is royals of yore dressed fabulously while doing it. Those good old days are gone, though. I haven't seen an outfit yet on Elizabeth II that doesn't make her look frumpy (though I will admit, she knows a good hat when she sees one).Beccia brings those jaw-dropping royals back to life in her deliciously illustrated new book. The rich colors echo the ostentatious luxury of royalty and her portraits seem as though they came off the gallery of some 16th Century castle with a dubious past.Beccia chose a true or false approach to her subject and it serves her purpose well. Readers get a lesson in detective work and untrustworthy sources as well as tasty tidbits of information. My 5th and 6th graders nearly threw up after reading a typical menu served to Henry VIII - mind you, I did add the part about people making themselves sick at banquets just so they could cram more grilled beaver tail or roasted peacock down their throats. This led to an interesting discussion that I shall not elaborate on here. Suffice it to say that every page of Beccia's marvelous book sparks a myriad of topics for conversation - not many of them suitable for the dinner table, which of course kids love!The Raucous Royals is Carlyn Beccia's second book. The first is Who Put the B in Ballyhoo.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-05-11 03:09

    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.comI really, really enjoyed THE RAUCOUS ROYALS, which is funny since I don't enjoy historical books all that much. But author Carlyn Beccia has turned this book into an interactive experience, and it was so much fun to learn that the things I had always taken as truth weren't always true after all! For example, I had always heard (even in school!) that Napoleon Bonaparte was short. But using today's measuring standards, he'd be 5'6", which although isn't the height of an NBA starter, definitely isn't short! Many people attribute the line "let them eat cake" to Marie Antoinette, since philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau had claimed in 1766 that Ms. Antoinette had suggested, quite flippantly I might add, that the poor who had no bread should instead eat cake. Not true! No one really knows why this saying has survived throughout history, but poor Marie has been getting a bad rap for ages! Henry VIII had six wives, and it's been said that he liked to behead them with an ax. The truth, though, is that only one of his wives, Kathryn Howard, was actually beheaded this way. Although, if you ask me, one beheaded wife is more than enough! Anyone with an interest in history, royals, or just plain old fun historical detecting is sure to enjoy THE RAUCOUS ROYALS. With clues, games, trivia, and much more, this is one book that's more than just a dry history text. A perfect book for either a classroom or personal library!

  • Katie Hogge
    2019-05-21 04:11

    Preview:The Raucous Royals is an informative text that presents common rumors of the Royals during their time period. Portrayed in a fun way, diving into this book will teach you of the scandals, murders, mischievous things rulers in the 15th century did to maintain power, and to abuse their power. Come to your own conclusions of the unsolved mysteries and discover the truth behind the rumors.Reader Response:I really enjoyed this book. The author very successfully presented her information in a way that kept my interest as well as helped me to retain what I learned. Not being very familiar to the things that happened in the 15th century, this book is a good way to catch a young adult’s attention and get them interested in history. This books broadens their minds and presents them with facts to discover the truth from the rumors. It also deals with a lot of immoral issues, teaching teenagers the difference between what rulers found to be moral then, and what we view to be moral today. Could be used in correspondence to a history lesson of the early 15th century. Content Warning:Language – NoneSexual Content – Mention of affairs between RoyalsViolence – Beheadings, merely stated as fact, not descriptiveSubstance Abuse – Mention of drinkingTeenage Issues Discussed – None

  • Kristina
    2019-05-05 07:23

    SummaryIn Raucous Royals, read about the many rumors that surrounded famous royals and figure out if they were true, false, unconfirmed, or still up for debate! Codes, mysteries, and letters are all available in the book to help you decide what is and isn't real--or might still be a mystery. Find out with a bunch of facts about the royals. You might even get a little humor out of it!Personal ReactionThe book was interesting and fun. I really liked how the book is formatted, along with how the clues and games are presented. The art matches the slightly morbid humor, and the humor gives the morbidity of the rumors a less gruesome feel. This book is definitely geared towards younger adults, around 12 to 14.Content Warning- Morbid humor: There is morbid humor throughout the book to lighten the heavy air of each rumor. There are deaths mentioned and causes to them given, so the humor makes it less creepy for the reader.- Slight nudity: There is a page where they give information on what trends were popular during that era. One small picture shows a butt peeping through someone's clothes, but it's to illustrate how (view spoiler)[people of the court wanted to copy the king and have parts of their butts cut off after the king had an ulcer/boil cut off his butt (hide spoiler)].

  • Joseph
    2019-05-09 02:21

    Rumors have always been a part of culture in every aspect possible. History is in fact one of the places that is home to very many rumors that have plagued society. However history does have a tendency to leave fingerprints in the form of physically existing nouns. So use some activities and documents to answer the burning questions about history between the 1400’s to the 1820’s. See if Dracula was a vampire or a different monster all together. Did King Louis XIV really take three baths in his life time? Did Napoleon have a Napoleon complex or is the terminology wrong all together? There’s word that King George III lost his marbles after losing the American colonies and its marble. Well, not the marble mineral deposit specifically, but the point is still made. Get the full story, which might not have a clear answer people like to get. But hey, at least this can be a game.I'm a huge fan of historical texts that not only take in the viewpoints of others, but not taking sides and letting the audience decide what was right. All to often people are overly generalized to the point where they aren't human and no longer beings that could be identified with. This book manages to explain without encouraging undesired behavior and is a must have in any historical library.

  • Sue
    2019-04-30 01:12

    Huge error on page 50: "Marie's husband, Louis XIV, was sent to the guillotine . . . " Uh, that's supposed to be Louis XVI . . . duh!**********This was a five-star but the author went too far in ridiculing some of these people. After a while, I just wanted to retch when she derided physical characteristics. Sure, rumor and folklore got these people through the times but she absolutely ruined it with Richard III when she made fun of his "hunchback" figure and deformed arm. He had scoliosis of the spine (as proven in 2012 when his body was found, buried in a parking lot), and probably a birth injury which affected the growth of his arm. He was probably in constant pain during his battles, having to ride a horse like that.She was making fun of everyone's physical characteristics, which would have strengthened their resolve to reach for the stars and do what they did. It was a good idea, and the illustrations are great but she went to far; can't forgive her for that.

  • Annelie
    2019-05-24 02:13

    History is full of wild stories when it comes to figures who wore crowns and sat on thrones. This book sets out to explain which have evidence and which may just rumours,laying out evidence for the detective, which is you.I liked this book a lot. It was a quick read packed full of personality and interesting stories. It makes history more fun by explaining not only the wacky rumours, but also the time period practices and cultures that may have contributed to them, giving a glimpse into everyday life for people who lived in those eras. Content Warning: Genre - Creative Non-fiction. Violence: Only the sort of stories learned in textbooks, no graphic description. Similarity to Other Books: The personality and fun way that historical information is given about political leaders reminded me of "So You Want to be President" by Judith St. George.

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-05-21 05:15

    This irreverent history book explores rumors about various members of European royalty. Was Prince Dracula really a vampire? Was Henry VIII so fat that servants had to carry him around? Did Marie Antoinette really say "Let them eat cake!"? These rumors and more are explored in the book.This book is funny and I love that it explores different sides of history debates. A section at the end encourages kids to be history detectives themselves and to always question what they read. An extensive bibliography may give young historians a place to start.My only complaint is that the book centers exclusively on European royals and almost half the book is about Henry VIII and his wives and family (Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots). A little variety would have made the book even better.I'd hand this to fans of the You Wouldn't Want To... series and anyone interested in European history.

  • Abby
    2019-05-08 23:05

    Carlyn Beccia's Raucous Royals is a quick and fascinating picture book which introduces the young generation to many of the historical rumors about European royalty. Each "tale" begins with information about the rumor itself, presenting both sides of the often debated history, then asks the reader to decide whether it was true or false. On the following fews pages, Beccia gives the background, scientific evidence, and other forms of study which either started the false rumors, proved the rumors true, or added to the still unsolved cases. The funny illustrations, text-layout design, and truly interesting subject make Raucous Royals a must-purchase for any middle/high school classroom library and even those who have long since graduated.

  • Adam Comstock
    2019-04-28 05:58

    Summary:This book takes learning history in a fun way. Was napoleon really short? Did is Vlad Dracula really a vampire? With funny facts and quizzes, find out what are rumors and what are true about European royalty.My thoughts:I found this book interesting and funny for the most part, and can keep someone’s attention for a while. However, halfway through I started to get bored of it. This book is a good way to get a student who doesn’t like history to have fun with the subject.Disclaimers:This book does talk about diseases and how some historic figures die, but there isn’t really any violence and the language is appropriate for all ages.

  • Los Gatos Library
    2019-05-24 02:10

    This book encourages tweens to be "history detectives" by asking questions about well known rumors about some of Europe's most notorious monarchs. Did Marie Antoinette say "Let them eat cake?" Did Richard III kill his nephews? Was Napoleon short? With plenty of factual information, humorous illustrations, and a thought provoking question and answer style, Beccia digs deep into the mysteries of royalty. This picture book for tweens has a good balance of fact and fun, and will capture the interests of even reluctant readers.It's history, but it's fun. It's non-fiction, but thoroughly readable. Keep this book around for tweens who need to liven up their history lessons.

  • Emily Connors
    2019-05-02 01:03

    Carlyn Beccia questions the rumors about the royals through humor, sattire, and comedic illustrations. We're able to understand what true research can bring instead of allowing gossip to fill our conversations. I really enjoyed this nonfiction picture book. It was an easy read and one that I would use in my future classroom. It's enlightening and you're able to understand more fully the actual events that took place within the royals lives. Instead of laying out all the facts, the humor kept me entertained and kept each page turning. Censorship: Violence

  • Tracy
    2019-05-25 05:59

    Do you know that as Henry VIII's guest, you would usually consume 4500 to 5000 calories during a twenty-four-course banquet meal? Do you know that in 1500s, dogs were taught to kill mice because cats were unpopular for its unfortunate link to the witchcraft? Do you know that Napoleon was taller than the average man of his time in northern Europe?Learn fascinating facts and enjoy the humorous illustrations in this book.

  • Ann
    2019-05-18 06:19

    Nice quick read about great royals in history. Probably not a go-to for a research paper, but good for general info. And, as we all know, I am a sucker for great illustrations. This has really cool illustrations. Age appropriate in dealing with many scandalous royal foibles.Marillac girls-it reads like a good class with Mrs. Herrmann. A lot of fun!

  • Ingrid
    2019-05-24 01:06

    I have always had a big interest in the royals and so I really enjoyed this book. The book focuses on rumors that have been handed down over time about different members of the royal family. It is fun to read and see if the rumors are correct or just rumors. The author also explains when possible how this rumor may have begun. This book was great fun.

  • Marguarite Markley
    2019-05-04 00:19

    This is a really intriguing book that either proves, disproves, or leaves the reader to decide on the validity of these rumors. It is quite humorous, but also gory, throughout. I think middle school and upper elementary students would love to read this one! Definite must for teachers to share with their students.

  • Tara
    2019-04-26 03:12

    This book is great for anyone who loves gossip, history, mysteries, cracking codes, rumors, or all of the above. Many famous rumors about royalty, and the evidence supporting or disproving them, are put forward to the reader, who is left to decide whether the scandalous gossip is true. The hilarious illustrations only add to the text, which will sharpen anyone's detective skills.

  • Diana
    2019-05-23 01:08

    Royal rumors from history are examined and debunked in this illustrated children's book.This was a cute, if slightly sanitized, look at royal scandals. It's very brief and doesn't really go in-depth into any of the stories, but it's enough to whet your appetite for royal history.

  • Izzy
    2019-05-15 00:00

    I would like to rate this book like a billion stars! This book was hilarious! I learned a lot about royals. This book tells about true stories and false rumors about royals. The illustrations were nice and I really liked how the author told the stories and taught us about the royals.

  • Kate Hastings
    2019-05-03 02:10

    Did Anne Boleyn really have 6 fingers? Did Vlad the Impaler drink blood or was he a nice guy. Was Napoleon short? Many rumors of royals past are explored... with surprising results. Excellent format, fun nonfiction reading.

  • Anastasia Tuckness
    2019-05-25 07:14

    Looked intriguing but I never really started it.

  • Boogoalo
    2019-05-23 01:21

    This has to be one of the most clever books for children that I've seen in a long time. The illustrations are stunning; the research is spot on.

  • Kim
    2019-04-28 07:16

    Great illustration/cartoonish. True or False outrageous questions. Great way to learn a little european history.