A His­tory of Just About Ev­ery­thing

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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.

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