Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
Genre(s) | Nonfiction, Picture Book, Children’s
Goodreads Rating | 4.58
Humpo Show Rating | 4.75
Publisher: Big Picture Press
This lavishly illustrated book of 52 maps and includes not only geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural evens and many more fascinating facts associated with each region. Maps is a visual treat, a real feast for the eyes and can be enjoyed by everyone from 8-108!
As someone who adores travel and learning about new places, Maps was the perfect book for me (a Christmas present from my girlfriend). There’s nothing quite like poring over a good map and seeing where cities and landmarks are located, as well as picking out places you’d like to visit (ALL of them!). This is an excellent reference book in terms of identifying landmarks that aren’t typically in or near to a capital city. Some of the landmarks that are illustrated help the reader get a sense of what is there.
As well as illustrations of landmarks, there are some of famous people; local food, animals and plant life; events; plus mountain ranges, rivers and forests. All of them are intricately detailed and lovely to look at.
There are numerous spreads that I loved reading, including Croatia, Egypt and China. It was a struggle to pick out three favourites because there are so many great spreads!
My only slight issue (if we can call it that) was that there were too many species of animals noted, I would have preferred more events or buildings but that is just a personal preference.
One thing I have to mention is the type of paper that has been used – it reminded me of old timey books where you can smell the paper and it is every book lover’s dream.
All in all, a superb book that I am still poring over. Given that it is of a substantial size and is impossible to fit on any shelf (measuring 27.5 x 30.5 cm), it is living beside my living room chair and I pick it up now and then just to look at a country that I’ve not looked at for a while.
The Humpo Show | Richard