Page 45 Review by Stephen
Would you like to know what one sextillion looks like?
Of course you would! Here we go:
Goodness! I wouldn't mind seeing that on our end-of-day checkout! Would one of you like to win the lottery, please?
For someone who considers the decimal point on a till highly overrated, I found this riveting.
Sub-titled "Can you imagine so many...of anything?", that is precisely what this book will facilitate both in adults and Young Readers alike, along with how to name ridiculously big numbers in ascending order from hundreds and thousands to millions and billions and trillions and quadrillions and quintillions and sextillions!
Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg, creator of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH and her subsequent THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO (both of which we made Page 45 Comicbook Of The Month without batting an eyelid), it comes with a colossal sense of scale and an endearing diversity which embraces all, from each of us as individual human beings to the plethora of life on this planet.
Fishman infuses the book with infectious enthusiasm for what our world holds and into which mind-boggling numbers they have grown: from people and trees and ants underground, to the weight of the world on one girl's young shoulders. She balances it with commendable agility and grace, one foot firmly planted on a set of bathroom scales.
"On the other side of the planet, where the sun isn't shining, you can see bright lights like little stars on its surface.
"Those are the lights that come from 2,500,000 cities and towns and villages filled with people...
"Some even reading books."
Rabbits, raindrops and a slightly random fact about shark's teeth, this is one big insight which will generate much household conversation along with a giggle or two.
"Now take a deep breath and hold it for five seconds.
"Just do that another 6,307,200 times and you'll be a year older!
"You'll be a year older in 31,536,000 seconds anyway."
I counted each and every one of those at school.
Truly, this awe-inspiring album puts everything into perspective, its concluding perspective being that there may only be one of you amongst all these masses - ever so tiny and dwarfed by the universe - but also this: that there is only one of you, and that you are just as important, wonderful and unique!