Horrible Histories: Rome: A High-Speed History
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• b/w, or one-colour books based on narratives within the Horribles from 2010. •Each would feature comic-strips punctuated by ‘rest-stops’ for annotated diagrams, foul facts, did you knows, etc •HH would focus on key dates or events in an era’s calendar – Caesar’s assassination, Spartacus’s victory, Great Fire of Rome, opening of the Colosseum, etc. each have their own graphic tale. ‘Fact files’ then give contextual and comparative material – “Great fires”, “Evil Emperor ends”, “What happened next?”, “Who’s who?”, “Wild weapons” etc •makes the reader feel they are getting a “Bluffers’ Guide” to the period. If they read just 10 tales they will get an overview of a topic without having to plough through fat volumes of history. •HS could cover themed narratives such as Big Bang, life cycle of a butterfly, scientific discoveries •HG could cover themed narratives such as how a volcano explodes, diary of an animal to exploration stories •format as per Alex Rider book, ie bigger than Handbook, smaller than flexi format •one colour, possibly full-bleed, 128pp, £6.99 or £7.99 •launch 2010 – two books – Roman/Tudor
September 1st, 2011
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