- Did Anne Boleyn really have six fingers?
- Was Napolean really that short?
- Was Prince Vlad really the model for Count Dracula?
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...
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
(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
Advance Praise for Raucous Royals
"A rich array of comically caricatured figures in elaborate period dress heightens the humor."—Kirkus Reviews