Book Review: A Teeny-Tiny History of Philosophy

A Teeny-Tiny History of Philosophy by Francisco Mejia Uribe

A Teeny-Tiny History of Philosophy: A Children’s Introduction to the Great Thinkers of the Philosophical Tradition (Philosophy Friends! Book 7)
by Francisco Mejia Uribe (Goodreads Author)
2 out of 5 stars

This book presents famous philosophers through history and gives an overview of their most popular ideas and beliefs. These include Aristotle, John Locke, Karl Marx, Nietzsche, and Descartes, with many others.

I certainly don’t agree with many of the philosophies presented in this book, but I think this would be a great way to introduce these ideas to young people and start a dialogue about why some of these philosophies don’t actually work in real life. Some of them have merit, but don’t align with reality. They are like dreams that sound nice, but lead to destruction. Other beliefs in this book are rooted in reality and have sound logic behind them.

Each philosopher has a cutesy animal name, and a sweet animal character in the illustrations. I love the adorable art style and the cartoony illustrations!

However, the pages are very text-heavy for a children’s book. The text seems to be addressing a much older audience, maybe teenagers. The vocabulary and sentence structure would be appropriate for 13-17 years old. The ideas that are explored in this book would be way too advanced for little readers.

I don’t know who this book is for. What is the target age range? It seems entirely unsuited to any age range. Older readers would not like the babyish animal illustrations, but younger readers would be unable to follow the lengthy narration with sophisticated philosophical ideas.

If only the current text had more sophisticated art, or if only the current art had a simpler text, it would be more appropriate for some age group or other.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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