Sunday 18 January 2015


Book by John Agard, illustrated by Neil Packer (Walker Books)
HC RRP $16.95
ISBN 9780744544787
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Every now and then I come across a book that electrifies me because of its uniqueness. This extraordinary book created by John Agard presents the origin and evolution of the book through a light-hearted point of view of Book.

Within its twenty small chapters, we learn about the incredible history of writing and the before and after of Book’s inception. This brilliant feast of words is a treasure trove of facts and thought provoking quotes. It journeys from oral storytelling to markings on clay tablets, hieroglyphics, and onwards. It informs and entertains as it reveals all the types of materials used for writing, and the surrounding history that accompanies each era’s progress.

So much information in such a compact book! This is an extremely well-researched compilation that is historical, informative and highly entertaining all at once. Suitable for 8 to 108 year olds, it is a delight to read, a rich resource, and a valuable addition to any book lover’s shelf. 

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