Totally (book series)

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Totally[1] (formerly The Knowledge), is a series of books published by the Scholastic Corporation for children as a spin-off of Horrible Histories. The main theme of the series is the accumulation of interesting and informative facts, with each book focusing on a particular domain of human knowledge.[2] The series was limited for sale only in the UK.

The series is written by a group of authors including Terry Deary (author of the Horrible Histories),[3] Nick Arnold (author of the Horrible Science series)[4] and Kjartan Poskitt (author of the Murderous Maths series).

The series was renamed as part of a cover redesign which took place towards the end of the 2000s.

Cover to The Knowledge book Cracking Codes

Book list[edit]

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Note: Publication dates refer to the earliest release.

Book list.
Title Author Date Subject Notes
Awesome Archeology Nick Arnold 2001 Archeology
Awful Art Michael Cox 1997 Art
Cracking Codes Diana Kimpton 2003 Codes
Crafty Crime-Busting Rachel Wright 2003 Detectives and Crime solving
Crashing Computers Michael Coleman 1999 Computers
Dead Dinosaurs Martin Oliver 2000 Dinosaurs
Dreadful Drama Rachel Wright 2000 Drama and Theatre
Fantastic Future Dr. Mike Goldsmith 2004 Forecasting and Futurology
Flaming Olympics Michael Coleman 2000 The Olympics Special editions released for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Flaming Olympics Quiz Book Michael Coleman 2004 Questions on The Olympics
Foul Football Michael Coleman 1997 Football Transferred to the Foul Football series.
Triffic Chocolate Alan MacDonald 2000
The Gobsmacking Galaxy Kjartan Poskitt 1997 The Milky Way and other Galaxies
Groovy Movies Martin Oliver 1998 Films and the Movie industry
The Incredible Internet Michael Cox 2002 The Internet
Mind-Blowing Music Michael Cox 1997 Music
Mind-Boggling Buildings Michael Cox 1998 Buildings
More Murderous Maths Kjartan Poskitt 1998 Maths Transferred to the Murderous Maths series and retitled Guaranteed to Mash your Mind.[5]
Murderous Maths Kjartan Poskitt 1997 Maths Transferred to the Murderous Maths series and retitled Guaranteed to Bend your Brain.[6]
Mystical Magic Ivor Baddiel and Jonny Zucker 2003 Magic
Potty Politics Terry Deary 1999 Politics
Riotous Robots Dr. Mike Goldsmith 2003 Robots
Smashin' Fashion Michael Cox 1998 Fashion
Spectacular Special Effects Diana Kimpton 2003 Special Effects
Spoilt Royals Alan MacDonald 1999 Monarchs and Royalty
Triffic Chocolate Alan MacDonald 2000 Chocolate
Wicked World Cup Michael Coleman 1998 The World Cup Transferred to the Foul Football series.

Book Makeover[edit]

It appears that Scholastic is slowly reprinting all of the books in The Knowledge category under the Totally category (phasing out The Knowledge category).

Murderous Maths and Foul Football[edit]

Two books in The Knowledge series are Murderous Maths and More Murderous Maths . However, Kjartan Poskitt incorporated these two books and many others into their own Murderous Maths series. The first book in the Murderous Maths series but not The Knowledge was called Do You Feel Lucky? and was about probability. Due to this, the first two books don't have The Knowledge logo at the top any more and are now officially part of the Murderous Maths series. To avoid further confusion, Poskitt has recently renamed the two books with more catchy and unique titles.[7] The same sort of incident has occurred with one The Knowledge book known as Foul Football, which has sparked a whole series of its own as well, called Foul Football.

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