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The Worst Children's Jobs in History Award-winning author/illustrator

by Tony Robinson (author)

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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Chimney-sweeping, turnip-picking or digging down a mine. In the nasty past, kids weren’t spared hard labour! Read on to meet the unlucky children who became human scarecrows, servants and factory hands – and, most miserable of all, the gloop-splattered boy who scooped people’s poo out of sewers. It’s all here, complete with full colour pictures and heaps of nasty bits! A hilarious and startling look at the horrid side of history from former Blackadder star Tony Robinson.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.5; Middle years; 3.0 points

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  • 112 pages



Tony Robinson

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Tony Robinson has been a writer since he was old enough to pick up a pencil. He’s written long stuff (last year he wrote a history of Australia) and shorter stuff. He’s rewritten old stories (like the ones about Odysseus and Theseus) and made up new ones (for instance his children’s TV series Tales from Fat Tulip’s Garden). But history is what he likes best, because he says, ‘How do you know who you are if you don’t know where you came from?’ That’s why he’s writing the Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders series, and he doesn’t want to stop until he’s covered every single bit of history there’s ever been – although in order to do this he’ll have to live till he’s 8,374!

Tony has also written several television series for children including Maid Marion and Her Merry Men for which he received a BAFTA and a Royal Television Award. He presents’s Channel 4’s archaeology series Time Team, and played Baldrick in Blackadder.


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  1. Hayley 113303

    on 19 June 2013

    This book is really interesting especially as I love the topic of history this is a funny guide to an aspiring but giggly topic.

    5out of 5
  2. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 3 March 2012

    This is a great book, i learned loads from reading this. It has lots of pictures and is laid out in a lovely fashion. Great help for homework and just for pleasure reading. i would recommend for ages 10+

  3. Jane blonde 113694

    on 30 December 2008

    I think its a good book because you learn about all the hard jobs children had to do.Some of the punishments in the book were a bit harsh.

    5out of 5