Science with buckets of fun, every household and classroom should have one. It is literally the story of everything ('told in 11 double page spreads'), from the explosive and colourful pop-up of the big bang, (which manages to expand beyond the size of the book). Through to the formation of the solar-system and the evolution of life of Earth. Neal Layton's illustrations are wild and wooly, the sort that children would draw themselves, with a hint of the cut outs and collages of Terry Gillian. All the pop-ups are different and work appropriately to the subject matter they illustrate. Icthyostegas climbs out of an ancient sea and gains legs. Lift the flaps on the mammals family tree to find out what creatures they evolve into. There is an extended time line of houses, from mud huts to blocks of flats at the back. A great book that appeals well to all readers, especially boys that need extra encouragement to pick up a book. They love the interactive quality of the book and its touchy-feely (kineathetic) approach (my copy has been read to death by all the boys in my class). Despite its obvious fun layout, it is an information book, full of the facts and 'stuff' that boys like to soak up. Charles Darwin gets a good mention, as do his ideas - so might make a good child friendly book to use as a starting point for finding out more about this famous scientist. Excellent value.