The You Wouldn’t Want To …series is cool because the books are funny and weird. It is an entertaining and educational way of looking at history. These books are a great way to help children understand history. The information that the books contain is relevant and interesting to children. These non-fiction books are written in a way that puts the reader in the action, right in the middle of history.
I started with You Wouldn’t Want To Be a Chicago Gangster! : Some Dangerous Characters You’d Better Avoid by Rupert Matthews. It has funny illustrations, captions, and sidebars that take away the glamor and romance of being a gangster in Chicago during the 1920s. It illustrates the darker side of being a gangster.
Check out these titles and see why you wouldn’t want to live in these historical times, or maybe you would.