Synopses & Reviews
An exploration of ideas, inventions, and discoveries from the Stone Age to the modern age in 10 inventive pop-up spreads Starting with early humans who have no things, through to farming, civilizations, inventions, steam, electricity, computers, and the world we live in now, this ingenious novelty book tracing the development of human artifacts and ideas is sure to spark childrens' imaginations. It is packed with energetic illustrations, quirky humor, and information. From ancient civilizations to Michelangelo, Isaac Newton to steam power, to modern technology—the ideas are made accessible for the very young with pop-ups, flaps, and tabs on every spread.
"Layton crafts a witty chronological chronicle of human ingenuity in this companion to The Story of Everything. Top-notch paper engineering blends seamlessly with Layton's scraggly ink-drawn characters and photo collage elements. The lives of early humans are transformed by fire and stone spears; pop-up panels show the rise and fall of four civilizations; and thought bubbles pop up over the heads of influential figures like Copernicus and da Vinci. Throughout, candid phrases convey historical milestones: 'Then everyone got into electricity and petrol engines. And everything got bigger and faster.' A masterful balance of humor, information, and interactive fun. Ages 5 7. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"It's a nice introduction to all the big questions: where do we come from? Where are we going? And why did fish grow legs?" —The Observer
"This is an extraordinary book . . . funny brilliant and endlessly fascinating." —Books for Children
"It's fabulous." —The Telegraph
"A masterful balance of humor, information, and interactive fun." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Neal Layton is the author of The Mammoth Academy, the Smarties Prize-winning Oscar and Arabella series, The Story of Everything, The Sunday Blues, and the illustrator of the Emily Brown series. Corina Fletcher is a graphic designer who specializes in pop-up books and paper engineering. Her titles include Giraffes Cant Dance; The Global Garden, which was awarded the 2006 Aventis Childrens Science Book of the Year; and Guess How Much I Love You.