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My Big Book of Everything Hardcover – Oct 1996

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing Inc (Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789409984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789409980
  • Product Dimensions: 31.3 x 25.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Roger Priddy is the creator of over two hundred bestselling books for young children, including Wipe Clean ABC, First 100 Words and Fuzzy Bee.

When he was at school, he couldn't decide between being a patisserie chef or going to art college. On the advice of his father, he chose art college, and trained as an illustrator before becoming a designer at Usborne Publishing.

Roger's love for children's early learning has led him to create some of the most successful children's non-fiction books, first at Dorling Kindersley (My First Word Book, Incredible Cross Sections and My First Cook Book), before he set up Priddy Books with St. Martin's Press in the US, where several of his books have sold over one million copies each, including My Big Animal Book and Happy Baby Words.

In total, he has sold over 65 million books worldwide and his books have been translated into over 45 languages.

He says:
"It is always rewarding to see a child enjoying and learning something from one of our books, especially babies, when you think it could be the first book they have ever seen.

"I am very lucky to have a career where you get to think up fun ways to teach a kid how to write their letters and learn their first words, whilst finding out about Dinosaurs at the same time!"

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Two Sheep TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book used to be called "baby and todlers big book of everything" way back when.

It has been the best book ever to teach both my boys to talk and read.

The fantastic photographs show hundreds of things clearly labelled to help a child put a name to almost everything. My copy is old tattered and torn, has more sellotape on it that I ever thought possible yet still I won't part with it. It has stood the test of time well and has been carried around the country on many visits to somewhere or other, it is the first thing I pack on a trip where I know we'll be in a waiting room and the first thing that my children have reached for when they woke in the morning.

I have a one year old son who last month looked up at the sky and said " look mum, white clouds, blue sky" that sentence is entirely down to this book, page 55.

My only criticism is that this book is a little flimsy and because children are rough it does get ripped and torn and so would be much improved if it was a board book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B00KL0VER on 21 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughter would never lie on her back under a play station or anything else as a baby or small toddler. Nor was she interested in TV until quite a bit older than her contemporaries. What she really loved was sitting on my knee looking at books and this was her favourite by far. We startd with my pointing at the objects and naming them, then moved on to her pointing and me naming them, and finally I would name the objects and she would point at them. It has an amazing number of different objects and also weather, landscapes, etc. My daughter did not speak any earlier than her contemporaries, but she she did start to talk she flew ahead as she already knew the words for so many things. Now aged 10, she is still a lot more advanced in language than most of her friends and reads much longer and more complex books. OK, she is bright and would have done well anyway, but I still feel that this book helped hugely.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
So good we need a new one! 28 Jan. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
My 2 1/2 year loved this book so much that it is worn with use. I am getting ready to buy a new one because it's taken such a beating and I want my infant to enjoy it as well. Plus my son is still very interested in it. Here's what the review above misses - you can skip the pictures of igloos and city scenes and focus on the familiar. We started by just discussing a few objects on each page and introduced more as he was interested. Who says you have to read it word by word?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not just for 4 and up... 2 April 2003
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Format: Hardcover
I've given this book (and its earlier editions) often as a new-baby gift for babies in the US and abroad. I feel that it's a great present for non-native speakers, because of all the words you only learn in your native language!
My granddaughter, age 22 months has loved it for about the last year, as have other very young children I know. For a while, she called it "a book" -- that is, the only one she really acknowledged. She's now branched out to other books but still enjoys identifying the photos in this one. She doesn't care if they're obscure, she likes discussing them, and her favorite pages vary over time. Like the other reviewers, I'll soon be buying a new copy as the first one is wearing out. Maybe the publisher should consider a hard-page edition.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worth the buy (again) for my younger children 22 Jan. 2004
By M. Ashley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the third time I am purchasing this book. The first two were so loved and worn that the pages eventually fell out. Now my two year old is interested in naming everything under the sun, and he deserves his own Big Book of Everything. If he wears through this one before my 6 month old is ready for it, I'd buy a fourth.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Here's what I missed in my other review! 14 Jun. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
I neglected to mention that we own two copies of this book. My daughter's is so worn with use and has enough pages torn by her toddler hands that we purchased a second one for my son. Also, I agree with the reviewer who described using the book by focusing on the familiar and temporarily skipping over other topics. We did/do this as well. Eventually, however, our children have come to enjoy the entire book, and have definitely learned from it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book 17 Jun. 2004
By jiandmoy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My 18 month old twins just love turning the pages of this book and looking at all the pictures. I bought this book when they were less than a year old, and they would be overjoyed when I would sit down with them and point out and name the different objects on the page. Now that they are older, they want to hold the book and turn the pages for themselves and in the process have torn many pages of this much loved book. I think this book is a great teaching tool for parents of young children.
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