Author(s): David Long
Meet some of history's most illustrious and interesting characters in this book that visits key moments of the past from around the world. When young Augustus falls asleep in history class, Professor Tempo decides to teach him a lesson and show him that history isn't boring at all!
She hands him a magic diary, all he needs to do is write the time and place to travel there. Together they head out on a whistle-stop tour of history through the ages to meet some of the world's finest explorers, inventors, leaders, writers, composers and painters, including Albert Einstein, Mozart, Louis XIV, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Christopher Columbus Genghis Khan, Emperor Titus in Rome, athletes at the very first Olympic Games, Tutankhamen in Egypt and even Palaeolithic man as he discovers fire.
Each double page spread introduces a different time and place, with an introductory text from Augustus which explains the sights and sounds, and accompanying captions from the Professor which provide key facts. A character index at the rear gives a short biography of all the historical characters covered, and a timeline helps to contextualise the different time periods covered.
Selected for Children's Special under non-fiction "Innovative introduction to history, by way of a magic diary that can transport you to any time or place. Packed with facts, timelines and hundreds of history's most interesting characters." -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller
Author DAVID LONG is an experienced writer specialising in history, and has written for The Sunday Times, The Times, the Sunday Mirror, the London Evening Standard and the Sunday People, and has won the Independent Publisher's Book Award for one of his ghost-written titles. He lives and works in East Anglia. Young London-based illustrator NICHOLAS STEVENSON's won silver at the 2013 Serco Prize. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Anorak Magazine and Urban Outfitters.