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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Epic Fails

The Epic Fails series of chapter books takes a humorous and unexpected view of history, exploring the surprising stories behind a variety of groundbreaking discoveries, voyages, experiments, and innovations, illustrating how many of mankind’s biggest successes are in fact the result of some pretty epic failures.

  • The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost (Epic Fails #4)
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    • The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost (Epic Fails #4)

    • Epic Fails (Volume 4)
      Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrations by Tim Foley
      Roaring Brook Press

    • The fourth and final installment in Erik Slader and Ben Thompson's hilarious nonfiction chapter book series about the mutanies, mishaps, and wrong turns of the age of exploration.

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • Not-So-Great Presidents: Commanders in Chief (Epic Fails #3)
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    • Not-So-Great Presidents: Commanders in Chief (Epic Fails #3)

    • Epic Fails (Volume 3)
      Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrations by Tim Foley
      Roaring Brook Press

    • The third installment in this hilarious nonfiction series take on the ups and downs of the the oval office and the many mishaps of American's not-so-great presidents.

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)
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    • The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)

    • Epic Fails (Volume 2)
      Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrations by Tim Foley
      Roaring Brook Press

    • The second installment in this hilarious nonfiction series take on the many failures behind the race to space and America's journey to the stars.

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails #1)
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    • The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails #1)

    • Epic Fails (Volume 1)
      Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrations by Tim Foley
      Roaring Brook Press

    • There are epic fails behind every historic success, and the first installment in this hilarious nonfiction chapter book series takes on the Wright Brothers whose countless crashes ultimately led to groundbreaking achievement.

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • eBook

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is the author of a dozen books on various awesome historical subjects including the Guts & Glory series, and has appeared on television programs for the History Channel, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. He has written for Cracked, Fangoria, Soldier of Fortune, and The American Mustache Institute, currently owns four swords (if you count a letter opener shaped like Glamdring the Foe-Hammer), and can occasionally beat the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game with a single quarter.

Photo courtesy of Thais Melo

Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog and podcast about the most epic fails… of history.

With Ben Thompson, Erik is the coauthor of the Epic Fails series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff.

Photo courtesy of Kory Torjussen

Epik Fails of History!

Tim Foley

Tim Foley was born in Flint, Michigan, and since attending college at the Kendall School of Design, has made his home in Grand Rapids on the west side of the state. A freelance illustrator for the past three decades, his work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world and books have included many titles in the bestselling young adult "Who Was" biography series, as well as several adult coloring books. timfoleyillustration.com

Terri Foley

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