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Review: A World of Information by James Brown & Richard Platt

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I was kindly sent a free copy of this book by the publisher Walker Books for a review.  This is a non-fiction book of facts aimed at children but with information all ages might enjoy, here is my review. (my photos are all of pages that are black and white but there are pages of pictures in shades of blue, pink and yellow – I only realised after posting this that all my photos are of only the black pages – oops).

Ever wondered how to write in morse code? Ever wondered about the phases of the moon? Or the different types of clouds in the sky? There are so many different things to learn and discover with ‘A World of Information’.

This book is a very large, about A3 size, heavy hardback book with a lovely embossed cover. Inside each page is made of thick paper and is printed to look like something old fashioned. Each double page spread contains information on one topic. The left hand side contains written information, broken up with small pictures and small snippets of extra information while the page on the right features images or diagrams.

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‘A World of information’ contains so many topics, there are just too many to print them all here but for example, kids can learn about the different types of code such as morse and semaphore; information on Earth, it’s crusts, core, the sky and space layers around us; information on orchestral arrangements, different types of screw, the parts of the body including details on how the eye works and the names of your bones, etc….Just so many different subjects that kids will love to learn. The information is explained in a fun and easy way, each piece of text is easy to read and not too long to create boredom. In fact the way this book is arranged visually just really appeals and makes it easier for the information to be absorbed.

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Many of the things taught in this book are things I learned toward the end of primary school or beginning of secondary (age 11) , but there are still subjects I was never taught such as the flag codes on ships and a brief history and invention of pencils and paintbrushes. As an adult I really enjoyed reading this book. There were many things I learned or re-learned such as the periodic table, but they were explained in such a fun and easy way that it felt exciting and fun to learn rather than a chore, as it did back at school.

The illustrations and diagrams are what really makes this book stunning and stand out. They are simple, no complicated colours, and very easy to follow. I also really love the whole old-fashioned style of the print. There’s just something about it that is really appealing to me. I had similar books on facts and information as a child and I just loved reading them and learning all the different things.

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Though the book is A3 in size and heavy to hold, probably best to lay it down on the floor or a table, I can really see kids enjoying having such a big book. It makes the diagrams and pictures easier to see and makes the whole book feel fun. It’s a really great book of interesting information that I can really recommend to anyone who wants to get their kids interested in this sort of stuff.. It can also give them a head start when they learn this at school!

Rating: 5/5

Review published on Goodreads, click here

Book Description:

This visually stunning miscellany from the effortlessly stylish print-maker James Brown is a collection of incredible facts and figures. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about different types of knots or how Morse code works? Each illustration is both beautiful and enlightening, and is accompanied by an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, there is a world of information at your fingertips in this book, which is perfect for all the family to enjoy.

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