Perfectly lives up to Gecko Press’s avowed championing of work 'rich in language and illustration'

The Guardian


From the Big Bang to the present day, illustrated scenes tell the history of our planet in one continuous story.

Written by Peter Goes

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

  • Description

    A big visual introduction to the history of our world for children, young and old.

    Travel through time with this cleverly illustrated 80-page journey of our planet’s culture and events, from the Big Bang to the iPod and into the future.

    Take a trip across the timeline of world history, past dinosaurs, Vikings, Aztecs and spaceships, wars and disasters, artists, explorers and leaders, mythology, politics and inventions.

    With a combination of facts, figures, infographics and fun illustrations, each double-page scene covers a period in history, showing key events and aspects of culture in all parts of the world. Every page includes talking points for young children and a chance for older children and adults to put their own political, cultural and historical knowledge to the test.

    An accessible and fascinating timeline of historical events for children of every age.

    Peter Goes lives in Belgium, where he works as a freelance illustrator. He has studied animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and his other books include Timeline Science & Technology and Rivers.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Belgium
    Reader Age 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. North & South

      A handsome and accessible reference book that will delight young and old.

    2. Wall Street Journal

      As much as you want to pore over each busy historical tableau, identifying mordant little characters and reading brief lines of text, you may want to rush forward to see what comes next. The profusion of places and people and events encompassed here—this is a history of the world, after all—seems to create an urgency of its own.

    3. Publishers Weekly, starred review

      An inky swath of black bisects this gorgeous oversize volume, its shape transforming to create prehistoric seas, ancient monuments, and more as Goes creates a visual time line of life on Earth, augmented by concise captions and relevant historical detail. Readers will be left with a powerful sense of how far we have come and how far we have to go.

    4. 50 Best Books for Kids, The Listener (NZ), December 2015

      Well, supersize me! 2015 has brought a wave of large-format non-fiction books – but none as comprehensive in scope as this.

    5. Best Books of the Year, The Sunday Times (UK), December 2015

      An explosion of information in giant, annotated montages of imaginatively represented detail, from the Big Bang to Charlie Hebdo. Stylish, comical and serious, it deserves to be pored over.

    6. Saturday Mornings, Radio NZ National, November 2015

      Kim Hill: I’m going to read Peter Goes’s Timeline again and again until I know everything.

      Kate De Goldi: For any child who learns through graphics or through pictures, this is a gift… I can’t recommend it more highly.

    7. Financial Times (UK), November 2015

      By combining chunks of text with infographics and delightful cartooning, Goes creates a rich, accessible treasure trove of facts and figures. Hugely informative, hugely entertaining.

    8. The Guardian (UK), November 2015

      Peter Goes’s stunning Timeline: A Visual History of Our World, with its ribbons of pitch black winding through subtly-coloured, deeply involving pages, perfectly lives up to Gecko Press’s avowed championing of work ‘rich in language and illustration’.

    9. Picture Books Blogger (UK), November 2015

      Utterly breathtaking and bursting with detail. … No stone is left unturned in this graphical feast for the eye.

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