The Big Picture Book

by John Long
Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2005. 48 pages.

Reviewer Louise S. Mead offers a mixed if generally positive verdict on both of these books for children. The Big Picture Book is colorful and attractive, and its presentation of the evidence for evolution from the fossil record is appealing, but its treatment of deep time is not ideal and some of the information is out of date. Evolution Revolution teems with detail and activities to try at home, but the layout is busy, perhaps to the point of confusion, and there are errors in the discussion of the rate and cause of mutations.