Totally Chaotic History: Ancient Egypt Gets Unruly!

By Greg Jenner, Campbell Price

Illustrated by Rikin Parekh

The first book in a fantastically funny new history series from best-selling author and chart-topping podcaster Greg Jenner!

Think history is just a boring list of facts and dates? Think again! History is hectic, exciting and unpredictable – in fact, it’s absolute CHAOS! Join bestselling author Greg Jenner on a riotously fun journey through ancient Egypt, from brilliant beginnings to epic ending. Accompanied by expert Egyptologist Dr Campbell Price and with side-splitting illustrations from Rikin Parekh, Greg’s whirlwind tour will cover everything you need to know about the Egyptians and show you what it would REALLY have been like to live through thousands of years of chaotic history. Hold on tight, because, with history, you’ll never believe what happens next!

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 8+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406395655
  • Published: 04 Apr 2024
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 160

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Customer reviews


'Jenner makes a popular non-fiction topic feel fresh, condensing thousands of years of history into 156 pages of captivating text.' The Bookseller

'Filled with facts, fun and effervescent energy, this illustrated treasure is fit for a Pharaoh (and history-mad kids!)' LoveReading4Kids Non Fiction Book of the Month

'This book is presented in a fun and informative way for kids to learn from and enjoy. It is written in an easy way to read and follow. It is funny and also has some gross moments for the kids to read about. The illustrations add another level to this book, they are well drawn and appealing to children.' NetGalley Reviewer

'I have so far found it hard to find history books that are suitable for UKS 2 students who are not ready for full-on history books quite yet. This one is just perfect for them. There is enough information packed into this not-too-lengthy-or-wordy book to inspire further interest in the topic. It is written with lots of humour to keep children engrossed. A perfect history book for KS 2 students.' NetGalley Reviewer

'A fun and educational romp from pre-dynastic Egypt to Roman times. It has Jenner's trademark wit all the way through so children take in a huge amount of knowledge while thinking they've just spent the last half hour laughing at jokes about bodily functions. The fun illustrations add to the accessibility of the book. Highly recommended.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Greg’s style is informal, and chatty which is great for a young readership… a great way to introduce historical discussion and debates to a young reader and a good jumping off point to explore the history further. It is very much like what Greg does on his ‘You’re dead to me’ podcast but aimed at a young audience.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Fabulously illustrated non-fiction chapter book which covers the history of Ancient Egypt in chronological order. The information is easily accessible to children without appearing overwhelming as it is presented in such a fun way… If you would like to know what it would really have been like to live in Ancient Egyptian times, then this is the book for you.' ReadingZone

'This book is full of historical knowledge and written in a very entertaining way; it brings in the reader as if it's a reality TV show. There is humour embedded through out the book, which makes it funny when reading such detailed historical accounts.' ReadingZone

'This cracker of a book will be of huge appeal to children who are interested in history in general and Ancient Egypt especially. For KS2 readers I recommend adding it to home, classroom and library bookshelves. With Roman Britain Gets Rowdy! coming in October, this promises to be a brilliant series.' Red Reading Hub

'Teaches history in interesting and funny way. It is always the silly stuff that stays in our heads - and this books is full of it.' Toppsta Reviewer age 7

'This book is great… Every page has loads of fun things to look at. I will definitely tell my friends about it.' Toppsta Reviewer age 10

'It’s very easy to read, filled with loads of great facts about the Egyptians and it’s funny and has lots of cool illustrations too… You should definitely read this book if you love history - you’ll find it very informative and it will impress your history teacher when you know loads of amazing facts!!' Toppsta Reviewer age 12

'My son enjoyed reading this. And he learnt a lot about the Egyptians!' Toppsta Reviewer

'A funny and epic adventure from ancient Egypt’s brilliant beginning to its delightful demise and you will enjoy every minute of it. We love the brilliantly humorous black and white illustrations on practically every page of this book, really bringing the world of ancient Egypt to life, as well as the fabulous interruptions – some funny, some wonderfully factual- by Dr Campbell Price. For fans of Horrible Histories, this book is an epic Egyptian history lesson of the most funny and brilliant kind. We highly recommend it.' Mini Travellers Blog

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