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Raucous Royals: Test your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce WhichRoyal Rumors are True
illustrations by Carlyn Beccia

  • Did Anne Boleyn really have six fingers?
  • Was Napolean really that short?
  • Was Prince Vlad really the model for Count Dracula?

About the Book

For many of us, these questions represent long-believed rumors that have pervaded history and seem now indistinguishable from fact. But how much of what we believe to be true is just a rumor in disguise? Carlyn Beccia explores this theme in Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce which Royal Rumors are True (September 2008; Houghton Mifflin) a witty, wonderful, and at times wacky look at the role of rumor in royal history.

This one-of-a-kind combination of non-fiction picture book, graphic novel, and tabloid magazine invites readers on a journey through time to discover the ugly truth behind the even uglier rumors that persist about some of history’s most important and eccentric figures. This interactive book will have you playing history detective in no time...

About the Author

Author and illustrator Carlyn Beccia won reader’s hearts and minds with her enchanting ode to the circus in Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? Employing the same winning blend of information and innovation here, Raucous Royals is sure to teach us all one very important lesson; rumors never die.

More Fun with Raucous Royals

Readers can continue the fun by clicking on Carlyn’s truly amazing website for the book:


Test your royal wits with such fun games such as “Executioner’s Hangman” (win and you could save Mary Queen of Scots’ neck . . . literally!), learn some truly poetic Shakespearian insults from the Bard himself, or learn how to write in Old English and watch the book trailers!

Advance Praise for Raucous Royals

"A rich array of comically caricatured figures in elaborate period dress heightens the humor."—Kirkus Reviews

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