Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Cities Book: A Journey Through 86 of the World's Greatest Cities by Lonely Planet Kids

The Cities Book is a beautiful book that is visually stimulating and is full of fun, quirky and common facts about 86 cities from all over the world.

Book Details:

The Cities Book: A Journey Through 86 of the World's Greatest Cities
Lonely Planet Kids
Illustrated by Livi Gosling and Tom Woolley
ISBN: 978-1786570192
Hardcover, 212 pages
Ages 8-12
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Do you know where in the world you can buy drinkable gold; why an 'elephant's foot' is one of the most dangerous objects in the world; or where you might have to swim to school? Discover the answers to these questions and loads more mindblowing facts in The Cities Book, where readers aged 8+ are taken on an incredible world tour through 86 of the world's greatest cities.

Sister title to the bestselling The Travel Book,every page is packed with facts on city living, and gives kids a flavour of what it's like to grow up in each place featured. From food and festivals, to awesome architecture and amazing history - there's something for everyone. A mix of wow photography, beautiful illustrations and hand drawn maps bring each page to life. It's the perfect gift for curious kids everywhere.

Our Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani & Son

I am always on the lookout for books that will attract the attention of my reluctant reader son. He would love to scour through books about animals, the National Geographic Kids Almanac and Quiz books and of course, the Guinness Book of World Records. So when I saw The Cities Book I knew it would be a book he and I would enjoy, and I was right!

First off, The Cities Book is a beautiful book that is visually stimulating. It is a large 9X12 book loaded with pictures and illustrations. Right at the beginning of the book is a two-page spread of the world with the names and locations of the 86 cities featured in the book. So if we looked at Asia, for example, and my eyes fell on the city of Beijing, the page numbers of where to find it is written under its name. This makes it easy to quickly locate a city and read up on it. Apart from this pictorial index, the book has a detailed one in the back of the book.

This book is truly inviting. One can't stop by looking at just a few cities. You want to explore them all. It's a fun book to explore with friends or with your family. It's also a great book for get-togethers, especially if there are people who love to travel in your group. Each city is covered within a 2 or 4 page spread. The photography is eye-popping and the information about each city includes fun facts, quirky facts and common facts about the city. I live in Montreal and learned that my city has 6,500 restaurants, more per square mile than anywhere else in North America. 

The book contains well-known cities, such as Toronto, Rome, Mubai and New York, but also ones I have not heard of such as Thimphu, Ushuaia, and Ulaanbaatar. Along with pictures and illustrations, it has snippets of information about the city, not too much but just enough to get the reader interested in learning about it. We learned a lot of new things! And it made us want to go visit some of these amazing places.

We keep this book on our coffee table in the living room. This book is ideal for homeschooling, and would make a great addition to any home or school library. It stimulates curiosity in young minds about people and their culture, it teaches geography, and its layout is perfect for middle-graders. A truly cool book!

Disclosure: Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About Lonely Planet Kids:

From the world’s leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children’s imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We’re kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be. 

We will inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is. It’s going to be a big adventure! Come explore.

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    1. Yeah...I got all giddy and excited when this one and others from Lonely Planet came in my mailbox! When it comes to kidlit, I'm a kid at heart.


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