Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors

 The legendary story of the battle to rule Ancient China. 


Find out how a 12-year-old boy became a king, and then China's First Emperor, with the help of a brutal army and a bag of wicked tricks.  

Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors retells the life and times of the ruler who built the Great Wall and the tomb of clay warriors. This book is the true tale of Qin Shihuang. Illustrated by the famous, funny and fantastic Terry Denton. Packed with amazing facts, incredible true stories, and Alison Lloyd's original translations.

Chinese history has so many amazing stories they didn't all fit in the book. Read about a deadly dance and a very unfriendly banquet...

If you like the story of China's first Emperor, you might also like Dragons, Devils and Rebels, about China's last Empress.

Find teachers notes on Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Children's Book Council Awards.

Wall cartoonThe very first Emperor of China
Considered himself a designer
With each project he built
Lots more people were killed
But he said, 'Now China's much finer!

Author's note: this is not a genuine Ancient Chinese poem! (c) Alison Lloyd 2010; Illus © Terry Denton 2010

baby Prince Zheng cartoonThere once was a prince named Zheng Ying,
Didn't think it was cool to be king;
He said, 'I'm bored with that stuff;
One state's not enough -
World domination's my thing!'

(c) Alison Lloyd 2010 

Illus © Terry Denton 2010. Used with permission.

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