A History of Just About Everything
By Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky Kids Can Press, 124 pages, $22 FOR lovers of non-fiction, this comprehensive “history of just about everything” gives short explanations of “180 events, people and inventions that changed the world.” Arranged on a timeline, with clear print and colourful artwork by Toronto artist Qin Leng, it gives details of almost every major happening or invention in recorded history. Great for trivia lovers, this book is hard to put down. Who built the Great Pyramid of Giza? Invented the telegraph? Cloned the first mammal? When was the miracle of DNA revealed? The first satellite launched? A computer invented? Who was Muhammad? Mandela? Galileo? Sidebars named “Ripples” describe the effect that certain inventions or events have had on history, such as the invasions of the Vikings, or Edison’s discovery of the light bulb. A comprehensive summary of the timeline, from six million years ago to the present, plus a detailed index, makes this a valuable reference for young readers.