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"Could have been a funny study aid…"
It would have been fun to have this as a study aid to remember historical funfacts back in school. While a limerick can't go into the nuances of historical events, this collection is a witty and entertaining prologue to further reading up on some of the topics covered -even if that just means checking out more details on Wikipedia. It is a clever and pun-tastic book, and I shall entertain my daughter with excerpts for years to come.Read moreLess
"Witty, with hidden depths, and very portable.…"
It's a lovely little book, printed and bound to a high standard, with very nicely decorated cover boards (a world map in pale blue and yellow, with the white title letters in relief). It's quite small, so pleasantly easy to handle/pick up and put down. Priced at £7.99, I'd say it was worth it.
Mick Twister has made his focus 'A History 0f the World in 100 Limericks'; but as he himself is the first to admit, 'Trying to reflect the history of the world in 100 limericks is an absurd task...' So he has understandably confined himself to the topics for which he can get 'a decent rhyme (never mind an indecent one, which is always preferable)'. He's focused on the great personalities of history, mainly, so while it starts with the Big Bang, dinosaurs ('Theyneversaurus')and the cave painters of Lascaux, for example, it soon focuses on prominent individuals and their idiosyncrasies.
Each limerick has a title which is just as carefully-considered and witty as the limerick itself; eg: the one on Cleopatra's entitled 'Mine's a Snakebite'. Hitler's highlights the fact that he (probably) only had one testicle ('A Lack in the Sack'). Next to each limerick however are one or two very interesting (and more serious) paragraphs about the subject which provide useful snippets of real historical information to balance out the amusing but usually more superficial limerick content. So there is an educational aspect too! which is very easily read and assimilated in this witty form. Overall I think it would be perfect for reading aloud after Christmas lunch, perhaps - it might even spur some into composing their own (or perhaps competing to make up the best one about X, Y or Z....) Excellent for a little light entertainment that also somewhat engages the brain cells, with no real effort required. A book that will probably be kept and treasured by most. Clearly, then, a recommendation!Read moreLess