Things Weren't Always Like This
Pages: 36-40 pp / 210 x 294mm / all color
Age group: 12+
Rights sold to: Brazil, China (Simplified Chinese)
ALIJA (IBBY) Standout Book / Mention "Publishing concept", Venezuela Book Bank / Selection The White Ravens (Germany)
Things haven't existed forever, and they haven't always been the way we know them now. This series looks at what lies behind each thing: people of flesh and blood, years of work, successes, failures, dreams, frustrations and even strokes of luck. An original and funny look at the history of objects and technology, ideal for enjoying with all the family.
This series has 5 titles:
<Books Weren't Always Like This>: A fascinating journey through the history of books and the printing press. Find out how many skins were used to make a Bible, why antique books were erased without trace, who copied them out one by one, what pens used to be like in Roman times or the connection between wine and printing.
<Movies Weren't Always Like This>: In the history of the movies there is an abundance of creative people, dreams, customs, ways of life, technological progress... From the first public screening in France to the arrival of television in homes, a large part of the 20th century is told through the movies, its characters and its creators.
<Bathrooms Weren't Always Like This>: A stinky look at the history of personal hygiene full of fascinating stuff like the invention of the toilet, luxury Roman baths, what astronauts do with their waste products, how the first sewers were built and much more. History told through the social and cultural changes in hygiene habits.
<School Wasn't Always Like This>: An entertaining trip through the history of education, harking back to the times when school was a privilege for a few, children wore donkeys' ears, women weren't allowed to teach, left-handers had to write right-handed and there was no playtime. A sideways glance at history, promoting group identity and respect for diversity.
<Medicine Wasn't Always Like This>: An interesting look at the history of medicine, recreating the moments when doctors were sorcerers, operations were done without anaesthesia, surgeons weren't doctors but hairdressers and people died of illnesses that are easily curable today. History told through the scientific discoveries and advances that made medicine what it is today.