The Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago by Mike Jolley, A. J. Wood
  

The Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago

Written by Mike Jolley, A. J. Wood
Illustrated by Frances Castle
Part of the Spot the Mistake Series

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For an information book, Lands of Long Ago takes a highly unusual approach, filling its pages with errors. Young readers are challenged to find 20 deliberate mistakes on each page; some of them are pretty obvious – a cement mixer standing next to an Egyptian pyramid for example, but others are much trickier: did the ancient Egyptians eat carrots? The mistakes are highlighted on subsequent pages, together with interesting and useful paragraphs of explanation. No, the Egyptians didn’t have cement mixers, but the text explains how the pyramids were constructed, and while they grew figs, melons, pomegranates and grapes, carrots were not grown as a crop for thousands of years. Fun and informative, this is the kind of book that turns browsing into periods of real study. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

The Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago by Mike Jolley, A. J. Wood

Would a Mayan warrior have worn a watch? Would a Viking have used a compass? Test your knowledge of history and spot 20 mistakes in every scene. Then, turn the page to discover if you were right and learn more fun facts about ancient civilisations, including the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians, the Romans, the Mayans, the Vikings and many more!

Reviews

'This is fun' * The Bookseller * 'With its beautifully embossed hard cover and cartoonlike illustrations...I found my 13-year-old and her two friends huddled over it, pointing to the pictures and (I swear) saying This is cool! ' * New York Times * 'More serious historians will relish Spot the Mistake: Land of Long Ago... This large, lively book taps into children's delight in gloating over grownup errors, encouraging critical scrutiny along the way.' * The Guardian *'

About the Author

Amanda Wood began her career as a natural history illustrator for a private press. She was one of the founding directors of Templar and its principal publisher for over 30 years. In her time there, she published and nurtured numerous Greenaway winners, and edited and wrote several groundbreaking series. Today she writes and runs her own small press from her home in Surrey.

Mike Jolley has worked as a Book Designer and Art Director in children’s publishing for over 25 years. He is the author of two picture books and exhibits and sells artwork made from found and collected objects. Follow him on Twitter here and view his website here.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
48 pages

Author

Mike Jolley, A. J. Wood
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Publisher

Wide Eyed Editions

Publication date

4th May 2017

ISBN

9781847809636

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