How the World Works

Templar, 2010
Winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2011
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award ‘Best book with facts’ 2011
Shortlisted for the SLA Information Book Award 2011

How the World Works

When did life begin? Is the Earth moving beneath our feet? Why does the sea move? What is a carbon footprint? Encompassing all of these questions and many more, this pop-up book introduces the Earth’s important cycles and offers an exciting way to learn geography and science. It also encourages children to think for themselves about the impact of human actions on our world.

Age 7 to 12


"This was the best book ever, you cannot beat it!” (Jordan, aged 10).
“There is a TON of information and brilliant pop ups and pull outs!" (Christopher, aged 13).
"I could not wait to open this book, my friend Amy could not stop talking about how great it is; and I agree!” (Rosie, aged 12)."

Young judges from the Royal Society judging panel, December 2011

How the World Works

"How the World Works is not only ambitious but also remarkably successful. … an appealing book containing fundamental knowledge about the world to which every child should have access."

Geographical, Royal Geographical Society, April 2010

How the World Works

"Like an intriguing scrapbook, this title lures the reader into pages that present facts about the Earth, water, weather and life with various clever items of paper engineering."

Scholastic, Autumn term 2010

"The visual explanations are wide-ranging and impressive … Although the clear and informative text carries a pro-environmental message, it stays clear of preachiness. The facts are what jump out at you."

The Washington Post, March 2010

'Ducks overboard’ is a short film based on ‘How the World Works’ by Christiane Dorion, animation by Louis Roy.