How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The entertaining juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children.
The book features amusing comparisons that make units of length, distance, weight, speed and time easier to grasp. The Queen of England’s crown, for example, weighs more than 100 portions of cotton candy. It would take eight days of travel in an elevator through the Earth’s center to reach the other end. When the world’s oldest living tortoise was born, there were no electric lights, telephones, cars, or airplanes.
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? is full of amazing facts for children thirsting for knowledge. Intelligent and witty illustrations by Jan Van Der Veken help young readers better understand how large, far away, heavy, or old something actually is when they come across a unit of measure.
Jan Van Der Veken is an illustrator and graphic artist from Ghent whose work is firmly rooted in the Belgian school of comics and illustration. Heavily influenced by the Ligne Claire of master illustrator Hergés, his distinctive style melds the tradition of Belgian comics with a contemporary visual language. Van Der Veken has collaborated with Gestalten on numerous occasions, most recently on his monograph Fabrica Grafica.