I was sent four children’s books to review to inspire them to learn more about some great lives in the form of a graphic novel.
The Little Man was bored so I asked him to help me with this review. I got him to take the photographs of the books. Then he became interested and he enjoyed reading them. Especially the Anne Frank book because he has been learning about her at school.
Great Lives In Graphics
The ‘Great Lives in Graphics’ series is a new way of looking at the lives of famous and influential people. It takes the essential dates and achievements of each person’s life, mixes them with lesser-known facts and trivia and uses infographics to show them in a fresh, visual way that is genuinely engaging for children and young adults. The result is a colourful, fascinating and often surprising representation of that person’s life, work and legacy. Using timelines, maps, repeated motifs and many more beautiful and informative illustrations, readers learn not just about the main subject of the book, but also about the cultural background of the time in which that person lived.
* A genuinely engaging way to explore great lives
* Aimed at children and young adults aged 8 to 12
* Conveys the life of a notable figure in an accessible and fun way
* Fact-packed infographics capture the key information about each person’s life and work
* Builds into a colour-coded library of collectible biographies * Instant, fun, striking and enjoyable to dip into
* Always educational, but also surprising Each book includes 15 spreads, all of which feature an introductory paragraph and a visual concept.
There are a few set concepts in each book:
Introduction – an inspirational overview of their life, highlighting obstacles faced and the tenacity required to overcome them.
Timeline spread – charting their life from birth to death and including major world events, putting their story in historical context.
Family outline – early family life and experiences in education, relating them to similar questions and challenges children face today.
Geographical overview – map showing the important places that feature in their lives, for example where they were born, worked, lived and died.
Glossary – helping children to expand their vocabulary. Information is presented as visually as possible, be it a set of numbers or even a single number expressed with repeated icons. ‘Versus’ spreads highlight anything that compares and contrasts. ‘Did You Know’ facts, definition boxes and inspiring quotes accompany each spread.
Publisher: Button Books
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 249 x 204 mm
What we Thought of these Books
The Four Books we were sent to review were, Anne Frank, Martin Luther King JR, Cleopatra and Stephen Hawkins.
These Hardback books are bright and enticing. Each page was crammed with information but in an easy to read way with tons of illustrations. You can learn so much in this way. The information is interesting and easy to absorb. Great as a learning aid and also an enjoyable read.
Whether to enhance a school topic or just to learn something new, we found these books difficult to put down until we’d read all the way through. My 10 year old Little Man found these books really interesting and fun.
They would be a great stocking filler for Christmas too. You can buy them at Waterstones for just £9.99 *affiliate link.
What great person in history would you like to learn about? What do you think of my Little Man’s photos?