Review: Absolutely Everything!

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Book Title: Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention (Available here)

Author: Christopher Lloyd

Illustrator: Andy Forshaw

Publisher: What On Earth Books

Publication Date: October 2018

Most Suitable for: KS2

Reviewed By: Leanne Woolcock - Year 6 Teacher and English Coordinator

This book does exactly what it says on the tin and is an incredible book from start to finish.

Christopher Lloyd introduces his book by stating his mission to find a ‘simple guide to the history of everything’ in order to quench his thirst for knowledge. Unluckily for him, after searching high and low, he couldn’t find it. Luckily for us, he decided to do something about it!

Set out in an easy-to-read manner which launches with ‘The beginning of the universe, life and everything’, and ends with ‘1945 – present day’, this book not only explores significant inventions, battles, places and people but divides the sections into manageable chapters - each with its own timeline and fantastic visual imagery that genuinely will appeal to adults and children alike.

As a teacher, I have purchased many non-fictions books to help the children understand the vast history of this planet but, in my opinion, this surpasses them all. The fresh crisp look, the simple yet still detailed information and the way you can pick up, put down and come back at any point, makes this book invaluable.

It even invites the reader to send ideas about what could be in the next book potentially named Absolutely Everything Else! What more could you ask for?


Thanks to the publishers at What on Earth Books, we have a copy of Absolutely Everything! to give away to our followers!

To enter, simply follow @booksfortopics on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet by 11.59pm Thursday 29th November 2018 (T&Cs here).


You can order Absolutely Everything! online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Leanne Woolcock for reviewing the book.


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