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They Did What?!

Jeff Szpirglas

Dave Whamond

They Did WHAT?! holds up a carnival funhouse mirror to the human race, showing us a hilarious reflection of foibles, flubs, and foolishness. Over the course of history we have achieved remarkable things: the Great Pyramids, space travel, and the World Wide Web — blue ribbons of humanity. But why not celebrate our eccentricities, our famous bloopers, the bits that have been edited out for so long: pet rocks, air guitar contests, and turkey-and-gravy soda. It’s time to embrace, not erase! Author Jeff Szpirglas takes a stand, and awards the booby prize to history’s most ridiculous fads, hoaxes, daredevils, advertising, urban legends, inventions, and more. They Did WHAT?! is a wild (and educational) ride!Jeff Szpirglas, Dave Whamond
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SKU: 156090n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781897066225

…Jeff Szpirglas tickles our funny bone recounting the most outrageous stunts, fads and inventions in history… - Canadian Children’s Book News

…Dave Whamond’s exaggerated cartoons…perfectly complement the silliness of Szpirglas’s text…[a] good kid-friendly choic[e] for engrossing leisure reading material - Quill & Quire

The layout and graphics are exceptional and marvelous. The drawings are colorful and humorous. There is an abundance of cartooning techniques that catch the eye and compliment the text. This is the type of book that the reader can feel a sense of satisfaction from reading for a few minutes or for hours and hours…This book is highly recommended for both schools and public libraries. - Resource Links

Children who read this book will look at history and science with new enthusiasm and curiosity, and teachers will be able to demonstrate that history is not as boring as some may think. - School Library Journal

Atlantic Library Association, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award, 2006

Canadian Toy Testing Council, Recommended Books, 2007

Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award, Honor Book, 2007

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Publication date

September 1, 2005

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Interest age

From 8 to 12