The kids were delighted when the first issue of the new Horrible Histories magazine www.hhmag.co.uk came through the letterbox for us to review. Bella won the fight to have first read, but chucked it over to her brother after a few minutes – even though they both love the books http://horrible-histories.co.uk and TV series she said she couldn’t read it as ‘it’s for much younger children’. She’s 14, and I know what she means. The magazine has a comic strip format and is full of fact boxes, colourful photos and illustrations. It also has a simple crossword, a letters page and instructions on how to draw a Viking. George, 9, really enjoyed reading it, especially features such as the Vile Jokes page (an example, ‘What do you call a Roman emperor with a cold? JULIUS SNEEZER.’). The magazine has 34 pages and costs £2.99. This issue came with a ‘DISGUSTING PEASANT PACK’ including a warty nose which my husband is planning to wear to a party this weekend. I won’t fight him for it.
About Gretta Schifano
I'm a freelance journalist and blogger specialising in family travel with teenagers, trips when parents manage to travel without their kids, and 50+ travel. I also write about vegetarian travel, parenting teenagers, adoption, SEN, ADHD and anxiety. My work's been published by the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. I've lived and worked in Italy and Spain and am now based in rural south-east England with my husband, adoptive and birth kids and our dog. I previously worked as a social action radio producer for the BBC.
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