Horribly Famous

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Horribly Famous (previously also Dead Famous) is a series of books containing biographies of notable people who are now dead. These books are written by a range of authors and the books are, in some cases ghost-written under the same name as the one person featured in a Dead Famous book. As a spin-off series, Horrible Histories aims to offer an enchanting humour and style of writing that appeals to children so they can be educated and entertained. Whilst previously Horribly Famous and Dead Famous were separate, during the redesigning of the book covers, Dead Famous books became republished using the new Horribly Famous cover design, effectively rendering the Dead Famous series obsolete. Many of the titles were also shortened, such as "Leonardo da Vinci and His Super-brain" to Da Vinci and His Super-brain.

Former cover of Dead Famous book Leonardo da Vinci and His Super-brain
Current cover of Horribly Famous book Da Vinci and His Super-brain
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Cover of Horribly Famous book Julius Caesar and his Foul Friends, showcasing the former Horribly Famous design

Both series are published by the same company - Scholastic.



  • Al Capone and His Gang (1999) - Alan MacDonald
  • Albert Einstein and his Inflatable Universe (2001) - Dr Mike Goldsmith
  • Alexander the Great and his Claim to Fame (2005) - Phil Robins
  • Boudica and her Barmy Army (2005) - Valerie Wilding
  • Churchill and his Woeful Wars (formerly Churchill and his Great Wars) (2004) - Alan MacDonald
  • Cleopatra and her Angry Asp (formerly Cleopatra and Her Asp (2000) - Margaret Simpson
  • Cromwell and his Not-So Civil War (previously Oliver Cromwell and His Warts) (2000) - Alan MacDonald
  • Da Vinci and his Super-brain (formerly Leonardo da Vinci and his Super-brain) (2003) - Michael Cox
  • Darwin and other Seriously Super Scientists (formerly Scientists and their Mind-blowing Experiments) (2003) - Dr Mike Goldsmith
  • Dickens and his Pen Pals (formerly (Writers and their Tall Tales) (2005) - Tracey Turner
  • Elizabeth I and her Terrible Temper (formerly Elizabeth I and Her Conquests) (2001) - Margaret Simpson
  • Elvis and his Blue Suede Shoes (formerly Elvis and his Pelvis) (2001) - Michael Cox
  • Henry VIII and his Wicked Wives (formerly Henry VIII and his Chopping Block) (1999) - Alan MacDonald
  • Horatio Nelson and His Valiant Victory (formerly Horatio Nelson and His Victory) (2003) - Philip Reeve
  • Inventors and Their Bright Ideas (2002) - Mike Goldsmith
  • Joan of Arc and Her Marching Orders (2002) - Phil Robins
  • Julius Caesar and his Foul Friends (2006) - Toby Brown and Clive Goddard
  • Mary Queen of Scots and her Hopeless Husbands (2001) - Margaret Simpson
  • Newton and his Falling Apple (formerly Isaac Newton and his Apple) (1999) - Kjartan Poskitt
  • Pirates and their Caribbean Capers (2007) - Michael Cox
  • Queen Victoria and her Enormous Empire (previously Queen Victoria and her Amusements) (2002) - Alan MacDonald
  • Roald Dahl and His Chocolate Factory (2002) - Andrew Donkin
  • Scientists and their mind-blowing experiments (2003) - Dr Mike Goldsmith
  • Shakespeare and his Dramatic Acts (formerly William Shakespeare and his Dramatic Acts) (2004) - Andrew Donkin
  • Sir Francis Drake and His Daring Deeds (2008) - Andrew Donkin
  • Spartacus and his Glorious Gladiators (2004) - Toby Brown
  • Tutankhamun and His Tombful of Treasure (2007) - Michael Cox

Dead/Horribly Famous[edit]

Originally, Scholastic had arbitrarily separated Dead Famous books from Horribly Famous books. Now, it appears that Scholastic is slowly reprinting all of the books in both categories under the Horribly Famous category (phasing out the Dead Famous category).

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Children's literature : Vicky Gets Her Glasses, The Extreme (novel), Forest of Burzee, Dr. Seuss, The Baby in the Manger, Carol Ellis, Beryl Irving
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