Thursday, June 2, 2016

Big Ideas Boutique from DK

Did you know that DK has books that will help you understand a subject or some books better?   Whether you desire to learn more about Economics, Philosophy or Shakespeare, you will find a book in the Big Ideas Series that might interest you.  

To promote these books, DK has set up a Big Ideas Boutique where you can see the titles available for you.


I have received two books from the Big Ideas series – the Literature Book and the Sherlock Holmes Book.  Without wasting any more time, let’s see what these books can teach you about literature or Sherlock Holmes.

The Literature Book

A global look at the greatest works of Eastern and Western literature and the themes that unite them, for students and lovers of literature and reading.

The Literature Book is a fascinating journey through the greatest works of world literature, from the Iliad to Don Quixote to The Great Gatsby. Around 100 crystal-clear articles explore landmark novels, short stories, plays, and poetry that reinvented the art of writing in their time, whether Ancient Greece, post-classical Europe, or modern-day Korea.

As part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Literature Book uses infographics and images to explain key ideas and themes. Biographies of important authors offer insight into their lives and other writings, and a section on Further Reading details more than 150 additional works to explore.

Discover masterpieces from the world's greatest authors, and explore the context, creative history, and literary traditions that influenced each major work of fiction with The Literature Book.

Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics, along with straightforward and engaging writing, to make complex subjects easier to understand. These award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

The book’s table of contents is divided in specific eras:

  • Heroes and Legends 3000BCE to 1300CE
  • Renaissance to Enlightment 1300 to 1800
  • Romanticism and the Rise of the Novel 1800 to 1855
  • Depicting Real Life 1855 to 1900
  • Breaking with Tradition 190 to 1945
  • Postwar Writing 1945 to 1970
  • Contemporary Literature 1970 to present day

Obviously this book do not cover every possible titles written since the beginning of time but it will give you a great list of literature to explore like Epic of Gilgamesh, Iliad,Beowulf, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Pride and Prejudice, Moby-Dick, Les Misérables,  War and Peace, The Little Prince, To Kill a Mokingbird, and many more.  The titles presented in this book are listed chronologically through over 4000 years of literary works.   Essentially it contains explanations and insights on over 150 works of poetry and fiction.

Whether you are an avid book lover or a student exploring literature, this book can be beneficial to you.  I can see it to be also very helpful for a high school student who is exploring world literature as part of his/her studies.

61jPXqY6HvLThe Sherlock Holmes Book

The Sherlock Holmes Book, one of the latest in DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, tackles the most "elementary" of subjects — the world of Sherlock Holmes, as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Sherlock Holmes Book is packed with witty illustrations, clear graphics, and memorable quotes that make it the perfect Sherlock Holmes guide, covering every case of the world's greatest detective, from A Study in Scarlet to The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, placing the stories in a wider context. Stories include at-a-glance flowcharts that show how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning, and character guides provide handy reference for readers and an invaluable resource for fans of the Sherlock Holmes films and TV series.

The Sherlock Holmes Book holds a magnifying glass to the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective.  I have read numerous books of Sherlock when I was a teenager and I was immediately drawn to this book because of the subject.   Can you seriously learn more about Sherlock or its writer from these pages?   I sincerely think it is possible.  


What makes this book very interesting is that you will discover facts and information about the author and the main character in a chronological order from the early cases until his death.  I find this book could be a great reference for pleasure while you read the novel of Sherlock’s cases or if you give your child some assignments on the novels from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Either way, it is a great addition in your personal bookshelf.


Here’s a list of the current Big Ideas books available for purchase: Business Book, Economics Book, History Book, Literature Book, Movie Book, Philosophy Book, Politics Book, Psychology Book, Religions Book, Science Book, Shakespeare Book, Sherlock Holmes Book, Sociology Book and finally Star Trek Book.

Each of these books are available at your favourite bookstore, even on and



Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for allowing me to promote these books. I was not monetarily compensated for this post . Please note that the post was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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