They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts

They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts

From the kidnapping of Einstein's brain to the horrifying end of Louis XIV's heart, the mysteries surrounding some of history's most famous body parts range from medical to macabre. Carlyn Beccia explores the misadventures of noteworthy body parts through history and springboards to exploring STEM topics such as forensics, DNA testing, brain science, organ donation, and cloning. The engaging tone, wonderfully creepy subject matter, and delightfully detailed art are sure to capture even the most reluctant readers.

The famous people and their body parts include:
Galileo Galilei / Fingers
Louis XIV / Heart
George Washington / Teeth
Franz Joseph Hadyn / Head
Beethoven / Hair
Abraham Lincoln / Body
Chang and Eng Bunker / Liver
Phineas Gage / Skull
John Wilkes Booth / Neck vertebrae
Sarah Bernhardt / Leg
Vincent Van Gogh / Ear
Mata Hari / Head
Albert Einstein / Brain
Elvis Presley / Wart
Thomas Edison / Last Breath

Title:They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts
ISBN:9780802737458
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About Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia (pronounced Betcha) is an author, illustrator, graphic designer, and historian. Beccia's children’s books, including Who Put the B In the Ballyhoo?, Raucous Royals, I Feel Better with a Frog In My Throat, Fashion Rebels, and They Lost Their Heads, have won numerous awards including; The Golden Kite Honor, the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult Book Award,


    They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts Reviews

  • Kate

    Fascinating. Disgusting. Keep your mobile device close because you’ll be google-ing yourself down a rabbit hole for sure! ...

  • Kathy Martin

    Filled with twisted humor and all sorts of facts about body parts, this book was a quick and entertaining story. While I read it in one sitting, I can easily see that it would be possible to pick this...

  • Mary

    A fun, informative read full of fascinating historical anecdotes and gross tidbits. I wish it were a tad shorter but I'm guessing this will be a hit with my elementary crowd. ...

  • Charlotte

    If you like historical trivia of the icky and macabre sort, you will enjoy this book very much. I am please to know that Galileo's severed middle figure salutes the heavens to this day....

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Beccia, Carlyn They Lost Their Heads! 165 pages. NON-FICTION. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. $19. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence PG.After you read this book, you will either be the...

  • Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh

    This chronological stroll through history, focused on anything to do with bodies and body parts, combines entertaining with bizarre. The first story tells of the lovely Ines de Castro, whose exhumed c...

  • Christy

    In "They Lost Their Heads," Carlyn Beccia serves up a heaping helping of stomach-churning accounts of the severed body parts of famous (or not so famous) folks. The genius of this book is how the auth...

  • Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.This middle-grade nonfiction book covers all sorts of strange events involving famous people and their parts like V...

  • Ismaeel

    This was a cool historical book that was funny. Like, actually funny. This made me laugh out loud sometimes. I was absolutely devastated when it ended and would gladly buy about three different copies...

  • Mrs.

    A book for the not-so-faint-of-heart but a definite book for those who look for horror or humor or mystery when it comes to death or body parts. Loved the mystery stories behind Lincoln's body being m...