A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between

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Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley created a storm with their A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You. They offered an accessible and enjoyable route to understanding science, through scrutinising ordinary and extraordinary subjects within a 24- hour period. Then there were the secret diaries too!

With A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between, the cartoons continue. However, here, we’re looking across three ages of history. Thereafter, we investigate everything from the development of the wheel and the writing of the Magna Carta, to the granting of votes to women in New Zealand in 1893. Furthermore, there are diaries, from a Woolly Mammoth concerned about ‘worryingly warm weather’ to Newton’s cat. who had to be rescued from an apple tree… Then there are news flashes, from the ‘new boat technology‘ that enabled peoples to explore the Pacific, to revolution throughout the eighteenth century.

Alongside all of this the writers include Bigger Pictures. These enable readers to take time to consider a situation, such as  the huge scientific advances made in modern machinery across the nineteenth century.

I love the inclusivity of subjects alongside the context, so that we begin with a map of the world, and at each juncture, there is room for realising the timeline and then the motivation for each action, decision or development.

Bookwagon recommends A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between highly to our readers, for home, and school.

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A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything in Between

Mike Barfield & Jess Bradley

(Michael O’Mara Books)

A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything in Between is a refreshing historical journeyWe examine peoples, discoveries, places, roles, objects and events. What’s more, each is explained within a 24- hour period. Then again, the tone is irreverent, direct and very funny. Possibly, the cartoon style of each inclusion supports our enjoyment of our reading.
It means that Ancient History, we’re introduced to a Neanderthal and Homo Erectus, alongside reading the Secret Diary of a Woolly Mammoth. There are a number of secret diaries throughout this book! What’s more, we read about the invention of the Wheel, alongside a day’s trek for a camel on the Silk Road. Furthermore, considering a day in the life of a dye whelk in Carthage is not typical reading matter!
The Middle Ages’ section introduces ‘the four great inventions‘ for which China was responsible. However, we consider the sheep whose skin was written upon for the Magna Carta. Furthermore, we can read the diary of a ‘Bayeux Tapestry Maker‘. Just imagine that task!
It seems that even within the Modern Ages’ section, Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley expand upon usual fare. Therefore, we read of a Mughal Artist alongside a Powhatan Chief. It seems that such subjects are introduced so as to step into a context within an age’s great developments. Therefore, exploration. Science, fuel and politics form the basis of the Modern Ages.
Altogether, this title, like A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You, offers an enjoyable and refreshing examination of our planet’s history.  It means that Bookwagon recommends A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything Else In Between highly to our readers.

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