book Christopher Lloyd’s wallbook concept aims to make reading interesting for youngsters

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. Books make you travel the world and beyond but for some it may be a platter of boredom served with lots and lots of pages. Pratham books bring the excitement back to the boring and dull books with Christopher Lloyd’s The What on Earth? Wallbook . The wallbook concept is a way of presenting a big picture to people — young and old alike — so their minds can meander freely and enjoy all aspects of a story.

Lloyd is the founder of What on Earth Publishing Limited. He has a double first class degree in History from Cambridge University. He and his wife Virginia home-educated their two daughters, and it is this experience that led him to write wallbooks on ‘Big History’, trying to connect subjects together through narrative and visualisation. “My motive was to engage young people in non-fiction,” says the author. The author and Andy Foreshow, the book’s illustrator, are currently working on the next wallbook, this time on science and engineering.

The What on Earth? Wallbook on India is in A3 size and comprises a remarkable 2.3 metre-long, fully illustrated timeline. It can either be read like a book or unfolded and stuck on a wall. The book also comes with a two-paged instruction sheet for teachers that focuses on how to use the book in interesting ways for the students.

The book also has a Hindi version edited by Manisha Chaudhary and Rajesh Khan.