9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2008
The Comic Strip History Of The World is a fun introduction to history for children (although adults may want to sneak a peep too)covering everything from the big bang up to the present day. While it is very much a potted history in a similar vein to the Horrible History series it's main selling point is having everything in it's place, giving an overview of events and the order they happened in, something not really focused on in schools. The illustrations are simple the humour is appealing, the book is a great way for any child to increase their general historical knowledge without really noticing they are being gently educated.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sally Kindberg and Tracey Turner have written a very entertaining book of the History of the World and have managed to do this in only 83 pages!
Firstly can I start by saying this book although a history of the world is Bang up to date- the end pages tell us about Tea Bags and the Internet so it's not like some books which can date very easily? (For example I have seen some that tell of Mum going into the bank to cash a cheque and buying the latest record from WH Smiths.)
All the history is coverered from the Big bang to the interesting bits about Empires rising and falling and there are plenty of blood and gore to appeal to kids.
Make no mistake this is a kids book- but adults will enjoy too.
All the world's civilisations are covered and it is not Euro centric in the least- the Mayan, Incan, Chinese and Asian empires are discussed as well as North America and the Indus Valley. In short it covers the history of the world very well indeed.
To the technical bit.
It is a very entertaining book that will appeal to children and any book that gets children into reading so well is brilliant so well done ladies.
As a teacher I would say this is really suitable for all upper key stage 2 and even reluctant readers would be encouraged to pick it up because its easy style, uncomplicated words and brilliant cartoons which convey the history well. So a good Y6 would enjoy it as well as a no reading boy in Y3.
It appeals to bote boys and girls but it would be excellent in getting those boys in Y6 reading. If you like the pictures you can see that by reading the words it makes it more interesting thus you've got them reading.
All in all a good book that deserves to in most schools and given to any child that likes history.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2009
This is a wonderful book that manages to make history interesting and exciting for children - and will allow parents to generate and nurture that interest, giving their offspring a gift that will last them a lifetime. Great work by Tracey Turner, but in particular, wonderfully captivating illustration work (as ever) by Sally Kindberg. If it was possible to give them six stars, I would have done.
on 22 May 2014
.....cause he couldn't put it down. I kept hearing snorts of laughter coming from his room and every time I sat down to have a cuppa, watch TV, go to the loo, he kept running in to tell me funny facts about crazy emperors and disgusting diseases.
Definitely worth buying.