Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention

How was our universe made from a tiny speck of energy? Where did the first trees, plants, animals and humans come from? What happened to the dinosaurs? What was so miserable about medieval times? How were railroads and electricity invented? What are the perils of global warming? You might have many big questions about our planet, life and people. Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents with this captivating book by Christopher Lloyd, author of the bestselling What on Earth Happened. Discover everything from the creation of planet earth and the rise of animals, to globalization, wars and global warming.

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention is the perfect gift this Christmas for all the family. For every question the book answers, it sparks another one, helping lead the reader into a lifelong love of enquiring and discovering answers.

‘Launch yourself on an incredible journey across millennia and continents. Along the way, discover everything about the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalization, wars, technology – and much more. This unique history of the world connects the dots of the past from the beginning of time to the present day!’

Through engaging design, Andy Forshaw’s colourful illustrations, hundreds of photographs throughout and a mini timeline in each chapter highlighting key moments,ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING is both accessible and fun for young readers and adults alike, bringing to life the most remarkable true stories of all time. 

How did I get the book? Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Nonfiction / History

Review:  So growing up I adored all things dinosaur (they’re still awesome) and this book reminded me of that because there is a lot about dinosaurs. There is of course loads of other information as well. The kinds of history you’re more familiar with; like kings and queens and wars. It’s not just about the history though. Black Lives Matter is included, technology, feminisms, etc.

I like the way the book journey’s from past to present and that there is an index at the back if you have a certain subject you want to look up. It’s cleverly split and the narration is engaging. It’s a factual book but it doesn’t feel like a school book.

Does it cover ‘absolutely everything’? Well no. It would have to be impossibly big to do that. However, it makes a good attempt and giving insight into a lot of different subjects from across the globe, historically and now.

Bestselling author CHRISTOPHER LLOYD began his career as a journalist with the Sunday Times newspaper. Then, while camping with his family, he had a critical realization: Even with a double first in history from Cambridge University and experience as a science writer, there was so much about the world he didn’t know. So, he set out to write books that zoom out and tell the big stories, opening readers’ eyes to how seemingly unrelated events fit together and showing them multiple perspectives on the world, all in highly engaging prose and matched with lively illustration and photography.

Now, with several books in print, some in over a dozen languages, Chris divides his time between writing books for adults and children and delivering lectures and workshops to schools, literary festivals, and a wide range of other venues around the world.

ANDY FORSHAW graduated in graphic design with illustration from Central St Martins College in London. He has worked on all What on Earth Books and rose to the extraordinary challenge of drawing and colouring more than 1,000 original illustrations in less than 3 months for the The Big History Timeline Wallbook – between March and June 2010.


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