What On Earth WallBooks, a Review – and See the Author in Action!
Every now and again I stumble across something which makes my teacher/mum nose twitch and my eyes light up. Something which is so brilliant that I have to have it in my children’s lives and, these days, I have to share it here on Thinly Spread! Today, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the simply genius What on Earth wall books. If you have a curious bone in your body or a child who is always asking questions then these are for you!
Written by celebrated Cambridge historian and Sunday Times journalist Christopher Lloyd the What on Earth Wallbook takes readers on a, frankly, incredible journey through time. Made up of a single time line covering 13.7 billion years using more than 1,000 pictures and captions it is totally absorbing and absolutely fascinating. It can be read as a book but, even better, it can be stretched out and explored in its entirety which means several people can read it at once! We have the mini edition of this one which, oh the excitement for a small boy, comes with its own magnificent magnifying glass as the writing is tiny to fit everything in! I tried really hard to get him to look up and show me his ‘curious and excited face’ for this photo but he was totally absorbed and ignored me completely – as it should be!
Most history books chop time up into easy bite sized chunks, bits which will fit comfortably into a curriculum and into a block of lessons spread over 6 weeks or so but this doesn’t give children (or their adults) any idea of the scale of time or where each of these bits fit into it. It doesn’t make the connections between scientific discoveries and engineering achievements, it doesn’t make clear how one event led to another, and it certainly doesn’t allow you to wander through time wherever your curiosity takes you – Chris explains this better than I do!
Imagine a book that will be your guide – in pictures and words – where you don’t have to start at the beginning and read to the end following the arbitrary path of an unknown author! No, you can start in the middle or wherever your interests lie and read left, right, up or down – without ever getting lost because of the timeline beneath! This is more what nature intended, because you may go wherever your curiosity leads! (Christopher Lloyd)
The What on Earth? Wallbook from chris lloyd on Vimeo.
Other books in the series include the What on Earth Wallbooks of Natural History and Sport and now, the latest addition to the series the What on Earth Wallbook of Science and Engineering developed in association with experts at the Science Museum in London.
It has been a major hit in our house with everyone from the 7 year old to the 17 year old as well as the 40 somethings and passing grandparents! This is education as it should be, joining the dots of science, engineering and history and encouraging exploration and curiosity, we love it! I cannot recommend these highly enough to families, teachers, home educators or anyone who just wants to find out stuff.
If you fancy meeting the man behind the wallbooks I have some tickets to giveaway – these are like gold dust! To celebrate the launch of the What on Earth Wallbook of Science and Engineering Chris will be wearing a coat of many pockets and using every day items to mark milestones in the history of science. Suitable for ages 8 to 108 Chris’s lecture will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the history of science and engineering from the stone age to the present day! Tickets for the events at both the Science Museum and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers have already sold out but I have 4 tickets to giveaway (2 adults, 2 children) to the event at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers on 2nd September at 6.30 in Westminster, London
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Good luck and, if you win, please come back here and tell us all about it! We’d love to go but can’t make the date!
Oooh, STOP PRESS! As I was editing this post I noticed that there are a series of free talks at the Science Museum using the giant wallbook! They are running for 5 days starting on 19th August and cover the history of flight in 12 minutes. Recommended for the over 5s, what are you waiting for?!
Disclosure: I saw the What on Earth Wallbooks at an event I was attending and asked if I could have a copy to review on my blog. This post has come about as a result of my passion and interest in these books and all my words are genuine. I had to chop a lot out because it was a bit too gushy, they are brilliant, buy them.