The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Big History
“I’m all for giving children gifts that are, quite simply, unadulterated fun, but there’s nothing to say that educational toys and books can’t also be entertaining – in my view that’s where a lot of schools go wrong. Growing up, I was fascinated by history, and yet my high school history lessons became something of an endurance sport, as three crop rotation systems and the dates of the industrial revolution were bludgeoned into me. I’ve always felt that I learned far more from books, like the one I’m about to talk about.
The What on Earth? series of wall books have become known for delivering the facts – on various subjects – in a fun, informative and visually appealing way, and the Timeline of Big History is no exception.
With a beautifully illustrated pull-out wall chart covering all of time as we currently know it – from the Big Bang right up until the birth of Prince George –a faux-newspaper-style editorial, a crossword puzzle and a quiz, this book is as entertaining as it is interesting, and although it’s aimed at 7-14 year olds, it has appealed to all the family. With a magnifying glass thrown in for good measure – the writing on the wall chart is necessarily small – this is a book that delivers on many levels, and I couldn’t be more impressed. Never mind the children – I’d like the whole series for myself!”