Every Second

100 Lightning Strikes, 8,000 Scoops of Ice Cream, 200,000 Text Messages, 3 Million Litres of Cow Burps ... and Other Incredible Things That Happen Each Second Around the World


Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: What on Earth Books

Age 7+

General Knowledge & Trivia

Every second across the globe, aeroplanes take off and land, plastic bottles are made and recycled, babies are born and people die. Find out the surprising numbers behind what's happening right now on our planet.

A hard-hitting book with striking images and numbers to understand today’s world.

Every second, somewhere across the glove, an aeroplane takes off and another one lands. Two people die, but four beautiful newborns enter the world. 15,000 plastic bottles are produced, but only 1600 are recycled. This book of remarkable facts, with memorable infographic accompaniments, reveals the incredible things that happen every second in our world.


Bruno Gibert has published more than twenty inventive works as both an author and an illustrator including an alternative dictionary of 500 random words (Le Petit Gibert illustré, Albin Michel) and a children's guide to conducting an orchestra (Maestro, à vous de jouer!, Actes Sud Junior). He lives and works in Paris, France.


Every Second appeals on a visual as well as informative level. Gilbert has used a stylish palette and bold, graphic illustrations to add punch to the, at times uncomfortable, facts included. As you’d expect from a text published by What on Earth Books, this is a thought-provoking picture book for a more enlightened generation.

Armadillo Magazine

Young children love to learn about the world around them, and are full of questions. This Bruno Gilbert book will feed their imaginations, and give them another dozen reasons to ask “Why?” So, whether you are interested in how many lightning strikes there are each second, or the volume of cow farts produced each second, there is something in here to tickle everyone’s imagination!

Teach Early Years Magazine

This is such a brilliant concept and will really appeal to anyone who likes facts and figures. It is full of bizarre and interesting insights into what goes on in our world every single second of the day … Very thought provoking, especially when comparisons can be made between things such as money spent on weapons and arms, versus that spent on humanitarian aid. It is well laid out with beautiful graphics to support each page and would make a lovely gift book.


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