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We Go Way Back: A Book About Life on Earth and How it All Began

We Go Way Back: A Book About Life on Earth and How it All Began

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Roaring Brook Press
The MIT Press Bookstore
3 on hand, as of Apr 15 2:53pm
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From the author of kid-favorite Do Not Lick This Book comes an innovative, hilarious, and expansive picture book about the biggest question of all: What is life?

It's not an easy question.
Life is more than just one thing.
Where did it start?
Peer back in time - way back in time - to the story of how life began…

About the Author

Idan Ben-Barak has written several books so far, including Do Not Lick This Book and Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World; they’ve been translated into over a dozen languages and won a couple of awards. He lives in a smallish apartment in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and their two boys. Sometimes, after they go to bed, he grabs the guitar and makes up harmless little tunes. He has degrees in microbiology and in the history and philosophy of science, a diploma in library studies, and a day job that has very little to do with any of the above. You can find Idan on Facebook (too often for his own good), Instagram (occasionally) and Twitter (rarely). When he has anything to say about writing he says it on his blog.

Philip Bunting is the creator of How Did I Get Here?. He has an IOU scrawled on the back of a treasure map. He has explored the seven seas with a healthy supply of limes and an ex-parrot.

Praise for We Go Way Back: A Book About Life on Earth and How it All Began

*Three starred reviews!*
*An AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist*
*A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year*
*A Bank Street Cook Prize Honoree*

★ "Punchy, sign-like images take on visual complexity as the story rolls forward. An engaging, lucidly written volume." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "In a concise yet pithy, playful, and deeply insightful storyline, Ben-Barak and Bunting begin by pointing out that despite diverse looks and likes, we all have one thing in common: life. And what is that? Sneakily cerebral for all its apparent simplicity." - Kirkus, starred review

★ "An impressively produced, thought-provoking, scientifically precise, and accessible explanation of the origins of life and evolution across Earth’s history." - Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"This title will be a welcome addition to collections where smartly delivered complex science is appreciated." - SLJ

Accessible, playful, [and] conversational. Easily lends itself to a science-based storytime." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books