Review: Absolutely Everything


Absolutely Everything! History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention

Author: Christopher Lloyd

Publisher: What on Earth Books, 2018

Does this book really contain information about everything? Of course not. However, it does contain lots and lots of information. It’s like an encyclopedia, but told in a style of historical vignettes that are far more readable and interesting than old-fashioned encyclopedias.

It is a nice timeline of Earth’s history. It is divided into chapters, but these are also color-coded so if you are looking for specific information, you can locate it a bit more quickly.

Learn about things like:

  • The discovery of the ancient Assyrian capital, Nineveh
  • The mummification process
  • The original Olympic games, which date back as far as 776 BCE
  • Did you know that chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which means “food for the gods”?
  • The Maya were some of the earliest people to use the idea of zero
  • The word Viking actually means “pirate”
  • The recipe for gunpowder appeared in a book called Opus Majus in 1267

While these little facts are fun to read, the book does go into far more historical depth. Yet it is not heavy reading. It is the type of book that kids could certainly read for pleasure, but it would also make an excellent classroom/library resource, as well.


*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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