it started with a big bangI feel like It Started with a Big Bang by Floor Bal bit off a little more than it could chew with its goals here. And I suppose, in a way, my expectation that this would focus more on space was a bit unrealistic considering the fact that literally beneath the title is a comment that the book features the origin of Earth and “you.” The everything else bit is kind of true and kind of not.

While It Started with a Big Bang definitely offers a plethora of information for readers to learn, it also skips over a lot and jumps around more than it probably should. I almost feel as though this would have been better as a series of books that began with the big bang and the formation of space then slowly moved into the development and evolution of everything else with future books.

That is not to say, of course, that there weren’t a lot of amazing bits of knowledge included in this book. There’s definitely a lot to learn here and I can definitely see a lot of kids benefiting from reading it. I personally would have appreciated it to be somewhat more in-depth about space and focused there, but it’s alright that it wasn’t. The fact that this book exists is still good. And hopefully, it will spark interest in topics like the big bang and evolution in those who read it.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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