In his usual quirky style and energetic illustrations, Neal Layton tells this story in an accessible way for the very young. Read more...
In his usual quirky style and energetic illustrations, Neal Layton tells this story in an accessible way for the very young. Is is a most original and inventive book
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-06-11
- Reviewer: Staff
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)