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The Groovy Greeks (História Horrível)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,261 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
History with the nasty bits left in!
The Groovy Greeks is full of fab facts about the hip 'n' happenin' Greeks — who hung out over 2000 years ago!
Find out about horrible heroes, savage Spartan soldiers, phoolish philosophers and suffering slaves.
Want to know:
-why some groovy Greek girls ran about naked pretending to be bears?
-who had the world's first flushing toilet?
-why d
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1996 by Scholastic (first published 1995)
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Amy Mckee
Jul 20, 2016 Amy Mckee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a 17 year old classics student and not ashamed to say that I bought this at groovy Greeks live (where I also met Terry Deary). As a child I remember starting this book and not really liking it because of all the complicated Greek names, I couldn't really understand a lot of it but this time around I enjoyed looking at the ancient Greeks from a child's perspective and seeing how actually ridiculous they often were. Wasn't really a fan of all the quizzes and games but it's a kids book, I'm not ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An imaginative, humorous, fact filed book on the ancient Greeks. The book is filled with wonderful facts that are put into context, made relevant and are exciting to learn about.

The humour is “corny” yet catching which is a fantastic way for children to remember facts. The book would be suitable for KS2 and would make for a fantastic cross curricular resource in both English and History.

The book could be a great tool to be used also in drama where children could use the facts to create role pla
Nov 08, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these when I was a kid and I loved them!
Catherine Furfaro
Next book in the Horrible Histories box set is all about the Greeks. It was quiet fascinating to learn about their gods and their way of living.
I was definitely fascinated in the story of Troy, as I’ve heard a lot about it. Is it true or not? Who really knows.
But I also learned a lot of other things.

The great thing about these books, when you are learning about a particular group of people, the Greeks for this instance, you learn about the beginning of the Greek empire to the end. Not bits and p
Indah Threez Lestari
42 - 2017
Sep 13, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The groovy Greeks are so much more interesting than I first thought!!! Well... when you leave the gore in, at least. They had very clever tactics about war. They were very smart to build that humongous wooden horse. But the Trojans were quite silly to fall for it. But did you know they actually fell for it twice??!! Yep, so this book taught me lots including that and that is why I recommend this book for everyone!
Sep 06, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child history was one of my favourite school subjects thus making Horrible Histories the perfect books for me.

Nowadays children have the television series yet I belong to the older group that had the books. Personally, I believe any child who has an interest in history should give these books a go. They’re truly gripping and so many topics are covered.

Honestly, Horrible Histories are well worth a read.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Very entertaining like the others in the series and there was quite a bit that I didn’t know before. I love how these books use things like cartoon strips, imagined diary entries and newspaper reports to get the info across. Great fun.
Feb 27, 2008 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who hate history
Recommended to Taylor by: myself
I you hate this "history" stuff read this! I'm currently reading " Who are you calling a wooly mammoth?" FUNNY. Lead by Mel Roach (a cockroach) making it even funnier! A great series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (boy did I use a lot of exclamations!) (there I go again)
Aug 11, 2012 Carolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4, infanto-juvenil
A melhor maneira de aprender mais sobre os gregos antigos de uma forma super divertida! ;)
Apr 18, 2010 Hazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I loved these books! I had all of them from scholastic book orders when I was younger. They are a perfect way to get kids to learn some history. Fun and informative at the same time!
Oct 26, 2016 Guguk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bakpao-keju
Mixing histories with jokes purrrfectly ଲ(ⓛ ω ⓛ)ଲ

You can still see the line between, of course (^..^)
The Delusionist
Dec 23, 2016 The Delusionist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing better than a good old Horrible History book.
Emily Murphy
Note: All of these ratings are based on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best.

Quality of Writing: 4
Keeping in mind that it's a children's book, the writing wasn't bad. Straightforward and uncomplicated. However, the attempts at humor were often missing the mark. Perhaps it's because I'm American and the very dry British humor wasn't my style. But I usually like subtle humor. I suppose this was like subtle humor for kids - not too complicated so you get used to reading undercurrents. Still, I felt l
Hyun Young Jeong
Groovy Greeks

The book Groovy Greeks from the Horrible History Series is a fun book that explains the history of Ancient Greece. The books starts with explaining how Zeus was born. Zeus’s father, Cronos, was the highest god at his time. However, he got a prophecy saying that his son will kill him and take his place. Cronos was scared, so he ate his babies just after they were born. Rea, Cronos’s wife did not like her sons and daughters getting eaten, so for Zeus, she gave Cronos a rock of a size
Victoria Zigler
Feb 18, 2017 Victoria Zigler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at Greek history, with some Roman history thrown in; a great read for history lovers, especially if you enjoy the gory parts of history, though a more user friendly history book for the sighted than for the visually impaired.
Nanda Wanninayaka
Groovy Greeks is not a big history book. But you can learn a lot than from a big book with this. It is just a kids’ book. It is part of the Horrible Histories series. Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated books published in the UK by Scholastic. This book is quite old. But can be found in Amazon. It is a book about the Greeks in a very funny way. I don’t think you will enjoy the history in any other book than this. This is such a powerful small booklet. It is full of corny jokes.

Some fac
Nov 30, 2016 Bronwyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, childrens
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The Greeks were a peculiar bunch. On one hand, they were the ones who invented democracy, the Olympic Games, the pinhole camera, and the Pythagoras theorem. On the other hand, they did a lot of crazy things. They read the future through the guts of dead birds, trying to cure sicknesses by bleeding the patients till they are almost out of blood, and sacrificing their children to the gods to win wars
Veronica The Geek
Sep 29, 2015 Veronica The Geek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm obsessed with Greek mythology. And I love history! (Well, perhaps not so crazy about memorizing what happened in what BC). But the thing is, I just love reading about these weird, or should I say, 'groovy' Greeks. And this book is so awesome! Where the hell was it when I was a kid?

Groovy Greeks is one of the books from Horrible Histories series and I would be thrilled to read the rest of the series. Sure, mostly it's fun facts. It covered a lot of topics from the story of Troy to the Olympi
Okay let's talk about the Horrible Histories.

You may be aware of them as a TV show, which I highly, highly recommend, but you may not be aware that they are also books! Which I also recommend!

It's hard to talk about the Horrible Histories specifically. They're hysterical short nonfiction books consisting of maybe 120 pages tops? Aimed at children, they set out to tell you all about the really nasty side of history, which I am always down for. They're smart and funny with great illustrations, and
Mar 25, 2013 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörspiele
Die Horrible Histories erfreuen sich in den angelsächsischen Ländern, vor allem UK, einer großen Beliebtheit. In dieser Serie wird die Geschichte von ihrer unangenehmen, ekligen Seite betrachtet. Die Bücher sind meist eine Mischung aus Comics, lehrreichen Texten und Rätseln.
Analog hierzu produzierte die BBC eine Fernsehserie und auch Hörspiele. Hier wird in kleinen Spielszenen mit typisch britischem, schwarzem Humor, über die Highlights und Lowlights der griechischen Geschichte hergezogen. Welc
Venus Blancia
I love every single thing about HISTORY. This book has reminded me of my seven-year-old self who had memorized her history textbook for reading and rereading it every single day. Maybe that would explain why I love everything vintage and very sentimental over things. Well, going back to the Groovy Greeks, how I wish history teachers were like dragons who could make History lessons as exciting as their fire. But this book has again answered the questions, "Why is everybody so interested with the ...more
I read all of the horrible histories book when I was younger and I even collected the magazines. I picked this up because I felt a bit nostalgic and I'm glad I did because it still had the ability to force a smile out of me, just like it did all those years ago. I would recommend these books to children and even adults, while it is written to engage and be understood by children and presented through various means such as quizzes, sketch story boards etc, it will probably make you smile at least ...more
When I was a child, I read this book dozens and dozens of times. I recall studying the Ancient Greeks in Year 3 (7-8 years old) and using this book to beat the teacher at knowledge of the Greeks.
It came in handy when watching Disney's Hercules and its subsequent tv series. It was the only Horrible Histories book I read or owned.
It went missing along with most of my childhood books and is probably in a bag in the loft. I did find a copy though which was just as well-used as my own copy. Reading
Oct 18, 2009 surge99 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three things I learned from this book:

• In 520BC Alcmaeon of Croton found out about the human body by cutting up dead corpses
• In 400BC the Greek army invented the stomach bow - the first type of cross-bow
• In 213Bc Archimedes set mirrors along the harbour walls - they dazzle the Romans and set fire to their boats.

I would recommend this book to children nine years old and above. It's good because this book gives you more detail than other history books. It is also very, very funny.

This non-fict
I'm actually reading this book for the third time when I write this, and it occurred to me that I like it just as much as the first time. It's a perfect mixture of humor, facts and awfully interesting stories. It may not be the ideal book if you want to know a lot about one specific person or happening, but if you want a sort of deeper overview of who the ancient Greeks were and what they did then this is a book fit for your purpose.
You don't have to be a child to like it, because, unless you're
Taylor Church
These little Horrible Histories are all good little brushes of knowledge, not unlike watching the history channel. You are given a lot of surface information that can intrigue and inspire you to learn more. I wish these books would relax on the puns and comics, alas I understand their audience is not history majors and erudite scholars. But I can't complain, I read these little 120-ish page books when I need something light to get through quickly that also happens to be educational non-fiction.
Mar 19, 2012 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I totally LOVED this book!!!!!!!This is the best ancient greek history book EVER!!!!!!!!!!! It is packed with heaps of facts(and corny jokes) that your teacher would say, " oh, I'm nt really sure about that one Jimmy!! He he(weird teacher laugh)" or, ".......OH?! really ?!, now 15,000,000 LINES!!"L.O.L! I do also reckon that the myths and legends could be described in a LITTLE more depth. Summing it all up, way awesome, but pretty cool, flaws aside. These guys are way cooler than the Romans!(BOO ...more

I'm a fan of the BBC sketch show Horrible Histories, and I also have an interest in ancient Greek and Roman culture. So this book is something I would really like to read.

And it's very nice to read. Of course is it a children's book, but it is still nice and there are still some thing in it I didn't know. It focusses more on the weird / gore (but still OK for a seven-year-old) details of history. The passages are short, and there are a lot of comics drawn next to the text. I'm qui
Alison Durbin
Apr 05, 2015 Alison Durbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
What a cool way to introduce a part of history! I thought this book was a blast to read, and I want to know where these books were in my childhood. Each story had humor in it, and that is a genius way to keep kids engaged in what could easily be perceived as a "boring" part of history for young children. I also thought the cartoons were hilarious. I think children would love this series of books, and I would love to add this book to my classroom library!
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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