The Worst Children's Jobs in History Award-winning author 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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  1. Sadhbh
    on 16 February 2021

    Funny and Informative

    Amazing drawings, and very funny and informative.
    I'd never like THESE jobs other than the Dog one!

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. Chocolatelover10
    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. mutemath4ever
    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. toilet
    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