An inclusive and expansive telling of the history of civilization from the beginning of time, by one of France's most beloved children's authors
All of Us is a collective history of the world, told from an uncommon point of view. Written in the first-person plural, All of Us is a book of our history, emphasizing our unity as a species, beginning with the birth of our planet and our common origins in Africa, and describing how we came to be who we are in all our numerous guises.
As hunter-gatherers and nomads, inventors of tools, farmers and breeders, we evolved in various ways, influenced by outside forces, such as different climates and geographies, which led to our divisions into different civilizations. Our past was one of incredible invention—the creation of art, the development of writing, the birth of science, religion, and philosophy—but also of constant struggle for survival, of colonization, of revolution, slavery, and war. With detailed maps, intricate illustrations, and vivid descriptions, All of Us is a gripping and inclusive world history for young readers, a history of the family of man. It will appeal to fans of Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States series.
About the Author
Yvan Pommaux was born in 1946 in Vichy and attended the École des Beaux-Arts de Clermont-Ferrand et de Bourges. He is an acclaimed children’s book author, illustrator, and comic-book artist. He received the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris in 1985 and the Prix Sorcières in 2015 for All of Us.
Christophe Ylla-Somers is the son-in-law of Yvan Pommaux. He is also a singer, DJ, and historian of the Middle Ages.
Anna Lehmann has translated selected songs from Patrick Modiano’s Fonds de tiroir for Harper’s Magazine. Her translation of Yvan Pommaux’s All of Us for The New York Review Children’s Collection is her first book-length publication. She lives in New York City.