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Thursday 3 May 2012

Review: The Comic Strip: Big Fat Book of Knowledge

I must admit, I’m a bit partial to fact books, being that fact is often stranger and more fascinating than fiction. Kids love them, too, and when combined, most cleverly, with a comic strip format and kooky illustrations, they’ll certainly become nose-buried-deep in this fabulous book, covering everything from the dawn of time to outer space.

Divided into three major sections – the History of the World, The History of Space, and Greatest Greek Myths – both parents and kids will love the entertainment and educational value held within.

Beginning with how it all started (‘probably’), we learn about the History of the World from the perils of early man, the birth of civilization, ancient Egypt and China, and on through Ancient Greece and the rise of the Roman Empire, to the 20th Century.

History of Space covers all possible ‘beginnings’ and stars, solar systems, the planets and how human understanding of outer space developed over time. Greek myths are also fascinating, and cover such staples and monsters, gods, kings, wars and odysseys – all the stuff kids simply devour.

Using the action and drama kids relate so well to – lots of gore, humour and silliness – The Big Fat Book of Knowledge is brilliantly parlayed with fabulous comic strip illustrations of monochromatic colour, with heaps of cool kid-speak and action. The book is a joy to flick through – and if this is the future of learning history, sign me up for year seven once again!

Title: The Comic Strip: Big Fat Book of Knowledge
Author: Sally Kindberg
Illustrator: Tracey Turner
Publisher: Bloomsbury, A$18.99
Publication Date: October 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408808245
For ages: 6 - 12 years
Type: Information Book, Junior Non-Fiction