Cartoon History of the Universe Vol 1-7

Cartoon History of the Universe Vol 1-7

I’m now a big fan of these Cartoon History of the Universe books. I used to hate history with a passion when I was school-age. I started reading these back in March, and wish I had read these back in high school, maybe I would’ve remembered more and viewed history as the fascinating, insightful subject that it was. Larry Gonick, the author, injects humor and wit in these books, but most of all, they’re incredibly well-researched! I have a much better perspective of the world after reading these.

Here’s a page out of volume 1, which shows the Dimetrodon and an example of the humor you’ll find. I will always chuckle thinking of the sail-back reptiles flying away helplessly in the wind! At the bottom of the page, it just starts to cover how mammals evolved from reptiles…

Cartoon History of the Universe Vol 1-7

Cartoon History of the Universe Vol 1-7

Gonick has about 4 books covering up through Modern World covering up to the US Constitution, I’m about halfway through reading this book. And the latest one, Modern World, Part 2 is complete, and will be available for sale in October 2009! I can’t wait! So this summer, I will most likely read them all over again, including the Cartoon History of the United States. I have to stay ahead of my daughter in this history stuff. 🙂

Not only Cartoon History, but he also writes Cartoon Guides to important subjects of today such as Physics, Chemistry, Genetics, Sex, Environment, Statistics, Computer and more.

The Cartoon History Guide to Genetics

The Cartoon History Guide to Genetics

In fact, upon more research just now, Larry Gonick’s Cartoon Guides and Histories have been used in classrooms for many years, with great success, including University of Wisconsin where I studied! Also required or recommended at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and probably a hundred more…

More Larry Gonick links:

http://www.larrygonick.com/html/pub/books/his5.html

http://www.amazon.com/Larry-Gonick/e/B000AQ75IY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1?tag=satosmil-20

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Gonick