They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts

They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts

From the kidnapping of Einstein's brain to the horrifying end of Louis XIV's heart, the mysteries surrounding some of history's most famous body parts range from medical to macabre. Carlyn Beccia explores the misadventures of noteworthy body parts through history and springboards to exploring STEM topics such as forensics, DNA testing, brain science, organ donation, and cl From the kidnapping of Einstein's brain to the horrifying end of Louis XIV's heart, the mysteries surrounding some of his...

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Title:They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts
Author:Carlyn Beccia
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0802737455
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts Reviews

  • Kate
    May 07, 2018
    Fascinating. Disgusting. Keep your mobile device close because you?ll be google-ing yourself down a rabbit hole for sure! ...
  • Lynette
    Aug 18, 2018
    Middle school and high school students who enjoy history would enjoy this book. ...
  • Mrs.
    Mar 27, 2018
    A book for the not-so-faint-of-heart but a definite book for those who look for horror or humor or mystery when it comes to death or body parts. Loved the mystery stories behind Lincoln's body being moved 17 times or the mystery of did John Wilkes Booth really die in that fire. I skipp...
  • Malia
    Apr 22, 2018
    Where are various body parts of famous people? ...
  • Alissa
    Sep 14, 2018
    Perhaps it IS a bit early for the macabre, but it's also a bit too early for so much pumpkin spice*. So I'm just going to go with it. You know what they say about life being stranger than fiction? Well the decidedly morbid content of They Lost Their Heads: What Happened to Washingto...
  • Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}
    Oct 31, 2018
    Full Review HERE ???The graphic is liitttt! ??? Gross. Fascinating. Odd. Unbelievable. I READ EVERY WORD! This book causes severe "googling" and really brought out my Southern drawl as I kept saying things like: "Oh no they didn't" or "Bless their he...
  • Charlotte
    Oct 31, 2017
    If you like historical trivia of the icky and macabre sort, you will enjoy this book very much. I am please to know that Galileo's severed middle figure salutes the heavens to this day. ...
  • Emily
    Sep 16, 2018
    How They Croaked was better. I enjoyed the book until I found a fact that said that Diego Rivera ate cadavers. After further investigation, my husband discovered that Rivera really exaggerated in his autobiography, and it probably wasn't true. Regardless of whether or not it was tr...
  • Sarah
    Aug 22, 2018
    Lose "crazy," "nut-job," etc. Almost entirely western. Not entirely correct about Nelson. ...
  • Kathy Martin
    Feb 24, 2018
    Filled with twisted humor and all sorts of facts about body parts, this book was a quick and entertaining story. While I read it in one sitting, I can easily see that it would be possible to pick this book up and read a page or two at a time without confusion. The book is quite episodi...
  • Tracey
    Mar 31, 2018
    Interesting, gruesome, and hilarious! My favorite is how the author often warns the reader not to eat while reading the next part--and then goes on to compare severed body parts or insides to food. Don't forget the footnotes! ...
  • Melissa Orth
    Sep 04, 2018
    Perfect book for booktalking to 6th grade. Short chapters on the disgusting details of famous people and their bodies upon death. Fascinating but limited in information, this is a great book to hook young readers into wanting to learn more about funeral practices, George Washington?s...
  • Helen Thompson
    Jul 09, 2018
    A great read with lots of morbid facts. ...
  • Yosef Shapiro
    May 08, 2018
    This is a macabre collection of anecdotes about what happened to body parts of famous people. ...
  • Lisa Kizer
    Apr 26, 2018
    This book had interesting "facts" about dead bodies. Not always a reliable read, the author says "I can't have a little thing like dubious sources spoiling his fun" when she discusses parts of his book may not be entirely correct. I do like the fact that she encourages her readers to d...
  • Aimee
    Aug 06, 2018
    Similar to How They Choked by Georgia Bragg. Wouldn't recommend to younger than teen due to some content. ...
  • Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
    Jul 19, 2018
    This chronological stroll through history, focused on anything to do with bodies and body parts, combines entertaining with bizarre. The first story tells of the lovely Ines de Castro, whose exhumed corpse, seated on a throne in 1355, was crowned queen -- two years after she had been a...
  • Kim
    Jul 08, 2018
    Great for fans of Bragg?s How They Croaked. It was disgusting and fascinating. I really enjoyed it! My only complaint was the author?s footnotes. Some of them added to the text but most were just an annoying distraction. ...
  • Missy
    Nov 17, 2018
    My boys loved this. And it's a bearable combination of interesting, gross, educational, witty and historical for moms at bedtime. ...
  • Mary
    May 09, 2018
    A fun, informative read full of fascinating historical anecdotes and gross tidbits. I wish it were a tad shorter but I'm guessing this will be a hit with my elementary crowd. ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Apr 17, 2018
    Beccia, Carlyn They Lost Their Heads! 165 pages. NON-FICTION. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. $19. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence PG. After you read this book, you will either be the most popular or least popular guest at a party, depending on how many facts from ...
  • Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
    Jun 25, 2018
    Thank you to @kidlitexchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This middle-grade nonfiction book covers all sorts of strange events involving famous people and their parts like Vincent Van Gogh?s ear and George Washington?s teeth. Some of the stories deal ...
  • Teri Reck
    Nov 15, 2018
    Absolutely excellent book--humorous and intriguing. I bought it from our Scholastic Book Fair for my forensic anthropologist daughter, but I enjoyed it tremendously myself. Truth most certainly is stranger than fiction. Also fun to read about some items in the Mutter Museum in Philadel...
  • Christy
    May 04, 2018
    In "They Lost Their Heads," Carlyn Beccia serves up a heaping helping of stomach-churning accounts of the severed body parts of famous (or not so famous) folks. The genius of this book is how the author uses the "gross factor" to entice readers (target audience, grades 5-8) to learn an...
  • Linda Donohue
    Mar 15, 2018
    Definitely a morbid book written in good humor. Many interesting stories. I most enjoyed the DNA testing that was conducted on a number of people. Middle schoolers will enjoy the book. I received the book as a Goodreads Giveaway and I thank the author and publisher for the opportunity ...
  • Castle Spooktacular
    May 20, 2018
    Pure Perfection! Offbeat, Oddball, and Unusual stories about famous body parts from all over the world.. cool illustrations, great content, and casual yet informative writing. Loved it! ...
  • Michelle
    Apr 23, 2018
    #kidlitexchange #partner Thank to @kidlitexhange for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own. Ghoulish humor, clever writing, and fun illustrations add up to a great historical facts book! They Lost Their Heads is all about history?...
  • Ismaeel
    Jul 15, 2018
    This was a cool historical book that was funny. Like, actually funny. This made me laugh out loud sometimes. I was absolutely devastated when it ended and would gladly buy about three different copies! I recommend it for ages 10 +. You really should know who some of these people are be...
  • Jessica
    Jun 10, 2018
    Interesting read. Definitely geared towards middle-schoolers, probably boys. It was an easy read for an adult. It explains terms clearly. It injects humour into the life and death of many famous people. It does not get too gory. I learned a few things. I won this book in a Goodreads...
  • Aditya
    Nov 02, 2018
    This did not just tell me about body parts but also about the history of the people with the body parts. I recommend you to read this book really good book! ...