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The What on Earth? Wallbook: A Timeline from the Big Bang to the Present Day (pocket edition with magnifying glass) Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: What on Earth Publishing Ltd; Pocket Ed (includes magnifying glass) edition (3 Oct. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0956593615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956593610
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.3 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Lloyd was born in Dorking, England, in 1968. He became a scholar of History at Peterhouse Cambridge and was awarded a double first class honours degree. He then joined The Sunday Times as Technology and Innovation Editor in 1990. In 1996 he launched the first Internet Editions of The Times and The Sunday Times before becoming editorial director of LineOne, an online service jointed owned by News International and BT.

In January 2000, Chris left journalism to become CEO of Oxford-based educational publishing company Immersive Education. Then, in 2005, he and his wife began home educating their two children. In 2006 the whole family went on a four-month Grand Tour of Europe in a campervan. It was during this trip that Chris decided to become an author and came up with the idea of a holistic world history that would reconnect natural and human history into a single illustrated narrative. What on Earth Happened? The Complete Story of Planet, Life and People form The Big Bang to the Present Day was published by Bloomsbury in 2008. It has since been translated into 15 languages worldwide. A sequel called What on Earth Evolved? 100 Species that Changed the World (also published by Bloomsbury) traces the story of life on Earth from its origins to the present day.

In February 2010 Chris launched his own publishing company - What on Earth Publishing Ltd - a collaboration between Chris and Beckenham-based illustrator Andy Forshaw. The company's first product, The What on Earth? Wallbook, was published in October 2010. It is an innovative and detailed illustrated history of the world from the beginning of time to the present day displayed on a 2.3 metre-long timeline that can be read like a book or hung on a wall. There are now five Wallbooks in the series, the latest being the What on Earth? Wallbook of Shakespeare.

Chris is the great nephew of the English gardening guru Christopher Lloyd of Great Dixter.

Chris lectures extensively all over the UK and abroad in schools, museums and literary festivals. He can be contacted at chris@whatonearthbooks.com

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Fascinating read - Fantastic! - Matthew Wright from The Wright Stuff (Channel 5) --Channel 5 The Wright Stuff

Truly impressive...an epic undertaking in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition.. --Christopher Middleton, The Daily Telegraph --The Daily Telegraph

History let out of its box. It simply sings to info-philes and visual learners alike...incredible... a wonderful gift for your family, friends, local school or library, and a must for home educators. In my view, this is education as it should be. --Lucy Pearce, Juno Magazine --Juno Magazine

Truly impressive...an epic undertaking in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition.. --Christopher Middleton, The Daily Telegraph --The Daily Telegraph

History let out of its box. It simply sings to info-philes and visual learners alike...incredible... a wonderful gift for your family, friends, local school or library, and a must for home educators. In my view, this is education as it should be. --Lucy Pearce, Juno Magazine --Juno Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

What on Earth Publishing is a new, small company with a big mission: to integrate the major themes of science and history and make them accessible to the largest number of people possible. We want to do this because we believe passionately that a healthy future for life on the Earth ultimately depends on people having a broader perspective on the past.

Producing the What on Earth? Wallbook is our first attempt at fulfilling that dream. It tells the extraordinary story of our planet on a single timeline and puts human history into context alongside other living things and the history of the Earth itself. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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4.5 out of 5 stars

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lucy H. Pearce on 21 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is history let out of its box. It simply sings to info-philes and visual learners alike. With parallel timelines for all continents, developments on land, sky and sea, more than a thousand illustrations, it is a superlative mastery of design and research, a treat to eye and brain alike.

Why couldn't history lessons at school be like this? Our whole family were glued to it from the moment we opened the package:"Mummy look a dinosaur, an Egyptian, a rocket, a Roman, a Viking boat... Daddy look we came from monkeys..." my five-year-old squealed, having just discovered evolution! My husband has demanded we put it up on our stairs so he can read it each time he walks past, but I might have it beside my bed for the first couple of weeks so I can read its 7000 word essay on the back. Incredible, rich, contextual history education for all the family - a wonderful gift for your family, friends, local school or library, and a must for home educators. In my view, this is education as it should be.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Knill on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've got a house full of books, mostly unread, and seem to have got out of the habit of reading much these days. When I find myself in a bookshop, even if I find a book that looks interesting I think about the unread books in my house and return the book to the shelf. That's not what happened when I opened THIS book!

If it looks really good on the outside - and it does - it gets better when you open it up. Half as big again as A4 you open it to find it's one long page, folded concertina-like between the covers. You therefore have the choice of dipping into it, sitting down to study it in fascination for hours, or opening it out to make a LONG wall poster and sticking it up on your wall. Which presumably is why they call it a Wallbook!

One side of the LONG poster gives you information in text form; the other side gives you a hand-drawn depiction of the history of the planet Earth and its people - you can marvel at pre-human history or gawk at different stages of human civilisation, seeing what was happening in different parts of the planet at the same time. Of course it's great for kids, maybe 9 or 10 upwards - AND it's also great for adults like me who haven't got a clue about history and want to know more.

The book's GREAT. I've just bought one for me and two for presents for friends. And no - I don't know the authors or publisher personally!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on 1 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is technically a giant time line from the big bang to the present day.

Christopher Lloyd came into my school and talked about the past , he is really inspiring.

Nothing would stop me from buying this book!

I was so amazed by his speech about history he made it fun.

Tyler
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LaM on 16 Feb. 2014
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I bought this for my to nephews, 6 and 8. The older one was heavily into geology and dinosaurs at the time, but after a perfunctory look, didn't seem terribly interested. The younger one did at least sit still long enough for me to walk him through it, but wasn't inspired.

I'm not sure why as it seems quite good. I think it's perhaps a bit too densely packed with information and difficult to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 28 Mar. 2013
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My three year old grandson can now see how the big bang, the dinosaurs, the meteor that killed them and the ascent of man all happened. It is one of his favourite books and probably will be for some years. Wish I had a wall big enough to display it as a poster.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nikb on 4 Feb. 2014
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I had bought a similar item: the What on Earth book before in a bigger size. I offered it to a boy for his 6th birthday and it was fabulous. a very good buy. Its size was a bit big but that was perfect. I tried the smaller size to see and i ordered 4 as i know many 6year old children who needed a good quality educational gift for their birthdays. I was shocked at how bad the design was. This book is fantastic but even though a sort of magnifying glass ( made of plastic) was provided, it is impossible to really see the letters as the font is way too small. there is absolutely no point in making such a small edition of this book. one needs to be able to see everything ( drawings and descriptive captions) and this is not fit for purpose. So please, don't waste time buying this and just order the big size. the book is not much more expensive. one will spend 11 pounds instead of 7 pounds but at least, the children will be able to read the book. i just can't believe someone thought it was a good idea to make it that small.
otherwise, if you put the format issue aside, this is a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Big Bang on 16 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Very informative guide to our world from the big bang to the present day.
Lots of useful pictures and text.
I bought if for my nephew and he is really pleased with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Newton on 19 Feb. 2013
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Up on the wall and my son has read it all, very up to date with Obama on it. Big recommendation from this family
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