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Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention Hardcover – Illustrated, October 4, 2018

4.8 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

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Gr 4-8-The history of Earth, from the big bang to the Black Lives Matter movement, in a little over 300 pages. That's the premise, anyway, of this attempt at an overview of just about everything. Organized chronologically, with pithy chapter headings such as "Meanwhile, in the Americas" and "Medieval Misery," this title features a lot of text to churn through, with only occasional drawings and captions. That said, the writing is engaging and thoughtful, providing plenty of information, humor, and opportunity for deeper thinking as Lloyd makes connections to things happening across the globe. He takes a surprisingly deep dive into the various prehistorical eras. Human conflicts throughout history share equal time with important inventions and the arts, though individuals are infrequently mentioned-the focus is on groups of people and events. An extensive glossary, a list of further reading, and quote sources are appended, along with a note from the author about his research process. VERDICT Most libraries will want to have this lengthy, detailed volume for students looking to beef up their general knowledge.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Condensing the history of the world into one book is a daunting task, but Lloyd tackles the challenge with finesse. In addition to bountiful photographs and illustrations, Lloyd’s recognition of patterns throughout history and direct questions to readers make this book absolutely enjoyable." - Booklist Starred Review

"Starting with the Big Bang, concluding with space exploration, and neatly delineating the history of the earth on an imagined 24-hour clock, Lloyd takes readers on a journey from prehistory to the modern era that captivates, engages, entertains, and respects the intellect and enthusiasm of young readers. . . . Lloyd's ability to balance breadth and depth of subject matter equals his skill at revealing the interconnectedness of historical events through the use of clever transitions, parallel narratives, and the support of illustrative and supplemental materials like timelines and illustrations."- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Nonfiction Honor List 2019

"This ambitious volume chronicles life on Earth as we know it, beginning with the big bang...Readers will garner a basic understanding of the scope of geological time, the progression of human civilization, and...defining historical moments, while the brief presentation is just enough to spark readers’ interest in learning more." - Publishers Weekly

"The history of Earth, from the big bang to the Black Lives Matter movement, in a little over 300 pages....The writing is engaging and thoughtful, providing plenty of information, humor, and opportunity for deeper thinking as Lloyd makes connections to things happening across the globe. He takes a surprisingly deep dive into the various prehistorical eras. Human conflicts throughout history share equal time with important inventions and the arts. An extensive glossary, a list of further reading, and quote sources are appended, along with a note from the author about his research process." - School Library Journal

"A view of human history from the Big Bang to experimental lab-grown meat." - Kirkus Reviews

Allows young readers to embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents and is a very highly and unreservedly recommended addition to family, school, and community library collections." - Midwest Book Review

"A wonderful gift for the curious and the families who love them. Not to be missed." - Parents’ Choice

"This chronologically organized reference-but-meant-be-read-for-fun book...is beautiful with lots of colorful finding aids, primary source images, snappy writing and engrossing topics (human evolution, inventions in the Muslim world, dinosaurs, etc.) Although it has an index, it's clearly meant to be pored over by the obsessive gatherer of facts who just can’t get enough Genghis Kahn or Megacerops. It’s the kid version of Schott’s Original Miscellany or the Atlas Obscura." - Youth Services Book Review

Absolutely Amazing… Children will love it – and adults too!” - Jacqueline Wilson, author of Tracey Beaker

“From the Big Bang to yesterday’s breakfast, this book of fun and discovery makes sense of it ALL." - Martin Brown, Horrible Histories

Absolutely Wonderful! I wish they’d had books like this when I was young…" - Anthony Horowitz, author of Alex Rider


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  • Grade Level : 4 - 7
  • Item Weight : 2.7 pounds
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1999802837
  • ISBN-10 : 1999802837
  • Product Dimensions : 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.9 inches
  • Publisher : What on Earth Books; Illustrated Edition (October 4, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 9 - 12 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars An encyclopedia type book full of colourful illustrations and child friendly text.
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