The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things
‘How are jeans made?’, ‘Where does drinking water come from?’, ‘How does the internet work?’ are just some of the puzzles that we ponder everyday, and in her latest information book for young readers, Libby Deutsch attempts to answer these and many more burning questions.
Complete with diagrams, timelines and fun fact boxes, this study of our everyday world is both informative and entertaining. Every topic is covered over a two-page spread, leading the reader along a trail of numbered steps, each one addressing a different aspect of the particular subject. Doodle-style illustrations in bright colours complement the bullet points of information, breaking complex explanations into accessible guides. Presented in a large format, this book would be engrossing for a child who is curious about their surroundings and eager to learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of everyday objects. The language and tone are more suitable for slightly older children as, despite the graphics and use of short paragraphs, quite a lot of text is required to adequately explain some of the finer details. However, the diverse content and attractive presentation could be of interest to younger children who are reading with an adult. Readers of any age could learn a thing or two from this fascinating fact book. After all, who wouldn’t like to know what happens when we flush the toilet?