The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History

Christopher Lloyd

Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

A unique guide to the history of life on Earth, with more than a thousand pictures and captions on a remarkable 2.3 metre long timeline.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09297 9
Format:
Novelty book
Price:
£17.50
Published:
October 2011
Size:
420 x 297 mm
Extent:
16 pp
Illustrations:
Over 1,000 colour pictures
Publisher:
Natural History Museum
Market:
7+

Details

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History tells the complete story of natural history from the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. 

A3 in size and comprising a remarkable 2.3 metre long, fully illustrated timeline, it can either be read like a book or unfolded and stuck on a wall.

On one side the 4.5 billion year timeline presents a unique illustrated guide to the past, cleverly linking subjects together from asteroids to algae. Streams of colour represent key themes, including the land, sea and sky, and provide a backdrop to all the major events of natural history. 

On the reverse side a second timeline identifies the people behind the science and highlights key moments in the understanding of natural science from Aristotle to the present day.

Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages, this comprehensive, accessible and versatile wallbook is the first ever attempt to illustrate the entire history of nature and natural science on a single piece of paper.

See inside

Look inside this book to get an idea of its content.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

The main timeline from the What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

A close-up of the start of the main timeline.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

A close-up of pages from the What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

A close-up of pages from the What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

A close-up of pages from the What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

On the reverse side of the Wallbook there is a second timeline.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

This timeline reveals the people behind the science such as Charles Darwin.

What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History pages

It also highlights key moments in the understanding of natural science.

About the author

Christopher Lloyd read history at Cambridge, getting a double first, before becoming Technology correspondent for The Sunday Times. 

Since leaving journalism he has run a number of internet and educational publishing businesses. He now divides his time between writing books, journalism, and lecturing mostly in schools, museums and literary festivals. His books include the hugely popular What on Earth Happened? and What on Earth Evolved?

Illustrator Andy Forshaw graduated in graphic design from St Martins College in London. He has worked on all three What on Earth? books and rose to the extraordinary challenge of drawing and colouring more than 1,000 original illustrations in less than three months.

Reviews

Find out what others think of this book.

"Putting all of the information into one picture really helps to give readers a sense of how all the different stages in life’s history fit together."

Armadillo Magazine

"Packed with great illustrations, this Where’s Wally? of natural history starts at the dawn of life on Earth and works through the millennia to the world as we know it today. It’s perfect for children aged 6 to 66."

BBC Wildlife magazine

"This brilliant book on the history of our planet has more than 1,000 illustrations on a single 4.5 billion-year timeline. Learn everthing about Earth!"

NG Kids magazine

"Animal magic"

The Daily Telegraph

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