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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Robin Hood by Richard Brassey

Robin Hood

From medieval times to the modern day, people have been fascinated by tales of the famous outlaw who allegedly robbed the rich to give to the poor. But who was Robin Hood really - aristocrat or commoner, hero or villain? Myths abound and in this book, with all the humour and affection of the bestselling NESSIE, Richard Brassey gently pokes fun at the falsehoods while pursuing the truth.

I have previously reviewed another book by Richard Brassey, The Queen , on this blog and really enjoyed looking though the book finding out lots of interesting,but useless facts, ones which you never think you will need but are those great nuggets of information for the wining answers at a quiz and this book is full of more useless facts.

Robin Hood, a famous outlaw, who hid in Sherwood Forest, and robbed from the Normans to give to the Saxons. But who knew that he really was a half Norman/half Saxon, who lived in Loxley Hall and was named Robert? This was just the first piece of information that I gleamed from the book and that was only on page 2.  

The story and facts are accompanied by fantastic cartoon style illustrations which are eye catching and each time a reader looks at the illustrations, they are bound to spot something different.

I think this book is a great way for children to learn more about the famous names in English history and I would automatically pick up a book written by Richard Brassey when trying to find  a book to help my child with their homework.

I would recommend this book, and the rest of the authors back list, as a great addition to any school or home library.

Thank you to the publishers,  Orion Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.

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