The Story of Things (Hardcover)

By Neal Layton

Hachette Children's, 9780340945322, 24pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2010



Starting with early humans who have no things, through to farming, civilizations, inventions, steam, electricity, computers, and the world we live in now, Neal Layton explores ideas, inventions and discoveries.

In his usual quirky style and energetic illustrations, Neal Layton tells this story in an accessible way for the very young. Is is a most original and inventive book.

About the Author

Neal Layton was born in Chichester, West Sussex. Many of his ideas come he says from his childhood. In the past he has worked on a lettuce farm, in a chocolate factory, a teapot factory, a book shop and has delivered papers. Neal has illustrated more than 40 books to date working with award winning authors such as Michael Rosen and Roger McGough. Oscar and Arabella which he both wrote and illustrated won him the Smarties prize in 2002. He now lives in Southsea, Portsmouth with his girlfriend who is also an artist

Praise For The Story of Things

"It's a nice introduction to all the big questions: where do we come from? Where are we going? And why did fish grow legs?"  —The Observer

"This is an extraordinary book . . . funny brilliant and endlessly fascinating."  —Books for Children

"It's fabulous."  —The Telegraph

"A masterful balance of humor, information, and interactive fun."  —Publishers Weekly