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Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took Over the World
By (author): Yuval Noah Harari Illustrated by: Ricard Zaplana Ruiz
Yuval Noah Harari ,

Illustrated by :

Ricard Zaplana Ruiz


Puffin Canada



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Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Oct 18, 2022
$29.99 CAD


9.31in x 6.38 x 0.85 in | 1.24 lb

Page Count:

208 pages


Puffin Canada
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Prehistoric
A New York Times Bestseller • From world-renowned historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, the bestselling author of Sapiens, comes an exciting, brand-new illustrated book for middle-grade readers that looks at the epic true story of humankind.

“Gripping and thought-provoking.” —New York Times

Even though we’ll never outrun a hungry lion or outswim an angry shark, humans are pretty impressive — and the most dominant species on the planet. So, how did we become “unstoppable”?

The answer to that is one of the strangest tales you’ll ever hear. And it’s a true story.

From learning to make fire and using the stars as guides to cooking meals in microwaves and landing on the moon, prepare to uncover the secrets and superpowers of how we evolved from our first appearances millions of years ago.

Acclaimed author Yuval Noah Harari has expertly crafted an extraordinary story of how humans learned to not only survive but also thrive on Earth, complete with maps, a timeline, and full-color illustrations that bring his dynamic, unputdownable writing to life.

Includes: a timeline, maps, further reading, and other resources for young readers to reference.

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR YUVAL HARARI’S first book for young readers showcases an author in his prime doing what he does best: explaining history in a fun, accessible, and now kid-friendly way.

    THIS CAPTIVATING AND HIGHLY-ENGAGING LOOK INTO HUMANKIND’S EARLY BEGINNINGS goes beyond simply stating facts. It recounts how and why humans evolved to become the dominant species in order to contextualize our present and our future.

    GIFTY PACKAGE AND GORGEOUS ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT: The text is brought to life with full-color art and a specced-up design that makes this a must-have for every home, classroom, and school and public library.

    THE FIRST IN A SERIES: This book focuses specifically on themes from ancient civlizations, while future volumes will address other important stages in the development of humankind in chronological order.

    CROSSOVER READERSHIP: Harari has a huge following among adult readers. Adults who love Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century will flock to this book and be drawn to its collectible appeal.

    AN AUTHOR WITH WORLDWIDE REACH AND IMPACT: Yuval Harari is beloved by readers worldwide. A favorite of powerhouse figures like Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, his books have sold many millions of copies and have been translated into more than 60 languages. He will be promoting this book and directing his legions of fans to go out and buy it.

Prof. YUVAL NOAH HARARI is a historian, a philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold over 35 million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. ynharari.com / Twitter: @harari_yuval / Instagram: @yuval_noah_harari

Author Residence: Tel Aviv, Israel

RICARD ZAPLANA RUIZ is an artist and illustrator with over twenty years of experience. He has worked as a story artist for animation, commercials, and live action films. His artwork for children's books has been published worldwide since 2013. He was born and still resides in Barcelona, Spain.

Illustrator Residence: Barcelona, Spain

A New York Times Bestselling Book!
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2022

An Indigo Best Kids’ Book of 2022

“A perfect book for kids who are curious about our past and how developing an understanding of our innate behaviors might shape our future.” —Jeff Kinney, bestselling creator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

“Could NOT recommend this book more. Yuval Noah Harari is the greatest thinker of our generation and has condensed his work into a digestible format for kids.” —Kristen Bell, star of Frozen and The Good Place

“Harari’s lively, reader-directed prose and Ruiz’s expressive graphics will help young readers grasp an almost-unimaginably distant past…. An enticingly depicted intro to human history and archaeology, simply expressed but extensive and engaging.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“[Harari’s] ideas are gripping and thought-provoking. In a neat trick, he has simplified the presentation for this younger audience without dumbing it down…. [A] good message, and one that today’s students need to hear.” New York Times

“Lively, engaging…provocative reading.” Booklist

“Harari has simplified his ideas for young readers in a magnificent, age-appropriate edition with pleasing illustrations by Ruiz and a graphically appealing hardcover that is worthy of an award for design…. [A] fascinating, page-turner of a book that introduces youngsters to rich ideas from anthropology, archaeology, sociology, philosophy, history and science.” CM Reviews

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