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Wednesday 30 March 2011

Review: The Adventure of Life

It’s no wonder I’ve been a Francophile for the past 30 odd years… They not only make great bubbles and cheese but books are something that pour out of France with such creative ferocity and charm, I’m in serious danger of overloading on book bliss.

Our friends across the ditch, Gecko Press, also know a fabulous book and here they have republished a glorious French book – The Adventure of Life – so scores of Antipodeans can join in the fun. The catchphrase for Gecko Press is ‘curiously good books from around the world’ and that about sums it up.

The Adventure of Life is part of the Step-by-Step series which teaches kids about the world, step by step. In this adventure we learn about the earth. How old is our planet? What did the first living creatures look like? Why did the dinosaurs die? And many more pressing questions everyone absolutely must know . . . especially kids.

Packed with wonderful snippets of meaty info, kids can learn how fast humans grow compared to mice, how the earth first appeared, why different types of fox have different shaped ears, and how humans developed from apes.

There’s even a quiz at the end to test your reading attention span.

Quentin Blake-inspired illustrations lend a retro look to this book that many will adore – and plenty a quirky picture lends humour and charm to plain old (but nonetheless fascinating) fact.


Title: The Adventure of Life
Author: Jean-Benoît Durand
Illustrator: Robin Gindre
Publisher: Gecko Press, NZ$19.99
Publication Date: February 2010
ISBN: 9781877467509
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 5+
Type: Information Book