I have to admit, I was genuinely surprised at the level of information included in Michael Bright’s When We Became Humans, which is illustrated by Hannah Bailey. I think, going in, I expected this book to be very introductory in terms of the evolution of humans, something meant to bring children into the beginning steps of what our beginnings and our journey actually looked like. What I got, however, was an incredibly thorough account of the transformation humans went through over the years. And it was impressive.
With that said, I do see this is a book that is more geared to the kids who are just moving into their teenage years. Children, anywhere between 10 years of age to 13 or 14, would be much more ideal readers for this book than I’d originally expected. I think it’s great that this book provides such an amazing educational opportunity. A dense and enjoyable read, When We Became Humans does a fantastic job of detailing important facts about evolution and the experiences of humans from the past. Filled with exceptional illustrations and informative text, this is a great book to have on your shelf.
I’m really glad I had the chance to read it. And I think this book holds a lot of benefit for many, many others. It’s the kind of book I’d love to see in a library. Even more, I’d love to see it in my own school. With the wealth of information it offers for children, it’s well worth picking up for the kids that you know, even if they need to grow into it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.