Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Jo Nelson
Illustrator: Richard Wilkinson
Publisher: Big Picture Press
The Historium is an entire museum located in the pages of a book. The first few pages, or entrance to the museum, include a brief explanation of Archaeology and an invitation to learn from the past. The museum features six different galleries: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, The Middle East, and Oceania. Each gallery features a summary of each region, illustrations of artifacts found in those regions, and descriptions of each artifact. There is also a timeline of all the artifacts included in the museum to help visitors visualize what time period the different artifacts came from.
Historium presents factual information in a unique way. The museum motif is charming, and the cover even includes a ticket that says “Admit All”. The over-sized book contains large, easy to read text. However, the pages are frequently text heavy which may intimidate some readers. The artifacts are illustrations based on pictures of the artifacts for museums and other collections. Although they are not photographs of the actual artifact, the illustrations have great detail. The descriptions of the artifacts explain the importance of the artifact and its importance in that region’s culture. While it doesn’t compare to going to an actual museum and seeing the artifacts for yourself, Historium does give its readers a basic understanding of several ancient cultures and their importance in history.