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Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and other Royal Rotters

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What an utterly fantastic way to enjoy learning about some of the most famous rulers throughout history. From Cleopatra to Saladin, Queen Victoria to King Harold Godwinson, Moctezuma to Nero, some of the best and some of the worst rulers of all time, they are all interviewed by Adam Murphy, the host of Corpse Talk, the Comic Book Talk Show. 
Given in almost bite size pieces, you learn some fascinating tidbits, like how much stuff we depend on today we know about because of the medieval Islamic world, or the names for all the different pieces that make up the guillotine, or even the Queen Victoria is called the Grandmother of Europe because so many of her children and grandchildren were/are monarchs. 
You take away so much information without realizing you’re reading a book about history. It’s fun, funny, and straight to the point. My 12 year old daughter loved it as well. 
**I was given an ARC of this story and this is my hones and voluntary review.
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Some long-dead monarchs make better interview guests than others, as we find out in this latest DK book about historical rulers; included are some of their notorious stories, and many you may not have heard before.

Adam Murphy, the host of this comic book talk show, asks some hard-hitting questions to get the quality program you deserve.  And on occasion, he resorts to a little placating, because most of these were ruthless and brutal people IRL, so try not to judge.

For instance, Nero was a terrible singer but forced his subjects to listen for hours under threat of death, and some men still tried to climb over walls to get away!  I guess they couldn't avoid wincing for that long, because soldiers were circulating around the audience to collect people for execution.  Many survived the concerts, but how they did it required amazing determination!  Comments from Nero's murdered mother were funny, but understandably resentful.  Something like "Nero...stiiiinks," but don't quote me!  She had a killer temper too.

Remembering names and dates has always been difficult for me, but the illustrations in this graphic novel make facts, tidbits, and timelines memorable.  From close-up shots to battles in the distance, every character you can see (with a magnifying glass) on the page helps tell the story.  Props to the illustrators especially, for being able to draw teeny tiny horses in battle.  Wow!

This book is the complete package; history made interesting and fun, and a glossary at the end.  A gift for your boss, a co-worker, a middle-school kid or teen, a book club choice, a book for your end table!  

5/5 Stars!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the free preview of this ebook!

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The perfect non-fiction Biography for kids who don't like Biographies. It's much easier to have children learn about these historical figures with this funny artstyle. My one complaint is the portrayal of Henry the Eighth's Wives is a little off? It plays them more catty an argumentative , making them little more than props for the next segment.
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I really loved the quirky idea of this book, I think it’s something kids will love. The interview-style format is fun, lot of humor and puns, and we learn about a particular part of each monarch’s life. It entertaining as hell, however, I did notice some historical inaccuracies (particularly about Cleopatra’s ‘beauty’ & Marie Antionette’s famous - and historically untrue line about cake). I also felt like a lot of the sexist stereotypes and myths regarding some of the famous women monarchs were perpetuated. I felt like the author could’ve done a better job of debunking some of the long-standing myths that have been told about these royals and paint a more accurate picture. 

I enjoyed the illustrations, interview banter, and the additional 2 pages of info regarding a certain event, or place that took place during the reign of the monarch.

3 stars. It’s wildly entertaining, and informative despite the few historical inaccuracies I did manage to pick out on the few people I had a decent amount of foreknowledge on.

*** ARC provided by  DK Children via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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History is actually fascinating and important to learn, but traditional history books manage it turn it in to a boring pile of pages. Adam and Lisa Murphy have taken a novel approach to history for kids, seamlessly weaving a graphic novel style, gross facts, and a corpse talk show in Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and Other Royal Rotters. You’ll want to double check some of the history, but overall this is a great way to get kids interested in learning about the past.
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Corpse Talk: A new show for kids about dead people arrives this summer

Posted on May 27, 2021 by michellelovatosbookreviews, world's first book color commentator, book reviews with a twist

I’m into the graphic novel idea. Instead of reading paragraph upon paragraph about a bunch of dead people, kids who read this DK children’s book can get an eyeful of information in addition to an earful. Publishers say that graphic novels are a great way to engage young people in the lifelong habit of reading. And I believe it, even if this book is about dead people.
Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and Other Rotters by Adam Murphy is a creatively done interpretation of history intended to teach readers about earth-changing people who existed hundreds of years ago. I’ve never seen such a good-looking zombie before, and I am surprised to see that these corpses are very familiar with the interview process.
“Hello, everyone. Welcome to ‘Corpse Talk,’ the comic book talk show,” our gallant graphic book host, Adam Murphy, proclaims.
These pages present history in a way I would have enjoyed as a child and will likely be popular among a new generation of learners. I know I would have retained this information. Actually, as a 57-year-old grandma, I will retain this information.
Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and Other Rotters covers world history’s most scandalous monarchs and leaders and includes Chinese emperors, pharaohs, kings, queens, sultans, and empresses.
And I love the idea that the author is interviewing each corpse about their lifetime, hitting the highlights and perhaps the lowlights, depending on how the reader feels about a particular subject.
My biggest issue with this book was that I couldn’t see the writing, but that is more about my glasses and computer screen than the author or the book. Corpse Talk is one of those titles I’d like to see my elementary school-aged grandkids approve.
Murphy covers 18 leaders in this book, and I suspect it will become a future school library staple. Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and Other Rotters, a DK Children’s title, hits the streets on July 20, 2021.

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This is definitely an adorable way to get the kids to read about history and learn about the different situations that have plagued us through out our history. I enjoyed reading this book with my granddaughter and we had lots of fun with it. I definitely recommend this book.
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Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and Other Royal Rotters
(Corpse Talk)
by Adam Murphy

I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book. This is an awesome, informative, funny, and has extraordinary art work! So detailed is the art work in some pages and some are just funny! Middle grade kids and up will love this book! I loved it and learned a couple of things myself.

The book is presented as a talk show and a Royal person from the past is announced and the interview begins. During the interview we learn accomplishments and failures! Then there might be an extra page with more information about this time period or society.

One of those extra pages details how to embalm the Pharaoh's body after death. Another is the great terra cotta army. How to build a giant impenetrable wall! There was so much to see and learn! There were many more too!

The dozen or so "Rotters" are famous and from all parts of the world and from various time periods. It's a very clever way to teach history without teaching history! I can't emphasize enough how much information there is in here and how terrific the art is! This is something teachers should have in their classes!
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Super cute!  I really like how the author puts a good history lesson into a fun and age appropriate format.  I’d actually read another one of these myself as an adult if I see another.
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I loved the blending of the classic comic strip aesthetic with well-placed humor and interweaving history. This book does a lot, and would be sure to capture readers.
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What clever fun!  I had such a blast reading this Corpse Talk, and I'm sad I didn't know it was a series until I requested this one.  The idea of having the author interview dead historical figures and have them using modern language makes these figures relatable to kids.  The way he (either as the narrator or writing as the voice of another character) explains really complicated dynasties, battles, politics, etc. is easy to follow and developmentally appropriate for kids.  I'm so excited for this book series, and I hope to see more of it!  Also hope to get the opportunity to see them on NetGalley to request!
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