Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Summary: From the team that brought you How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous and How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous comes this collection of 14 profiles of interesting criminals. Some will be known by just about everyone (John Wilkes Booth, Joan of Arc), while others are less famous…or infamous (Vincenzo Peruggia, Bernard Otto Kuehn). Each profile is several pages long, with two additional pages of “Facts and Stats”. Black and white illustrations throughout match the humorous, irreverent tone of the text. Includes separate bibliographies of print and online sources for each person as well as an index. 224 pages; grades 4-8.
Pros: History buffs and reluctant readers alike will enjoy these funny, breezy profiles of notorious criminals from all ages. The author does a good job of adding some historical context which often makes the dastardly deeds a bit more understandable. The extensive back matter could lead to a lot more research on any one of them.
Cons: The most recent subject is Al Capone, born in 1899. We can hope that a sequel is in the works for more recent criminals.