Time Atlas: An Interactive Timeline of History – written by Robert Hegarty, illustrated by Marcelo Badari

  Time Atlas: An Interactive Timeline of History – written by Robert Hegarty, illustrated by Marcelo Badari, 360 Degrees, (9781944530099), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? On the surface, this looks like a well-done set of timelines featuring lift-the-flaps, and in fact, the book is well constructed of heavy cardboard with sturdy pages and flaps. However, the type is so tiny as to be almost illegible. Graphics are plentiful, but likewise small in order to fit on the pages. The nine sections cover topics seemingly chosen at random such as civilizations, buildings, the arts, transportation, inventions, people and sport. No rationale is given for how the choices were made as to what to include leading to puzzling situations such as the “People” page where among the sixteen individuals featured are such unrelated personages as Plato, Boudicca, Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale, and Charlie Chaplin. None of the information is sourced. Ultimately, this hodgepodge of information misses the mark.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Perhaps young people who like to accumulate interesting tidbits of information.

Who should buy this book? I cannot recommend it for purchase.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 900.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  8/11/17

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