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The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

Fall 2018 Doing & Learning
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Rosemary Mosco
Author: Dylan Thuras
Illustrator: Joy Ang
ISBN: 9781523503544
Hardcover Price: $19.95
Review:

Always open a children's book whose preface tells you that, while the adventures described herein may be distant geographically, the lesson to be learned is that "you are already somewhere amazing."

The offspring of Atlas Obscura, the 2016 No. 1 New York Times bestseller, this large-format paperback for kids is a laid-back, compelling, and imaginative exploration of nearly 100 strange-but-true destinations in 47 countries and three U.S. states.

At the front of The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid is an almost-tongue-in-cheek "Packing List" indicative of the fun tone throughout, including everything from sun protection and solar chargers to reusable water bottles and goat treats. Interior pages take young readers on eye-opening journeys to such offbeat and out-of-the-way locales as the small Honduras town of Yoro where it seems to rain silver fish, and the Coromoto Ice Cream Shop in Venezuela that has scooped more than 900 flavors, including hot dog, sardine and spaghetti. Head to Canada's Price Edward Island where a local fisherman built a house, chapel and tavern from 25,000 bottles; or Morocco for its tree goats, or Mexico's Naica caves to see crystals seven times larger than the average person and weighing as much as 10 elephants.

This kind of exquisite armchair-travel storytelling mesmerizes children (and adults), and sometimes turns on the lightbulb to the joys of reading, which itself is one of the wonders of the world.

Don Oldenburg   ©2018 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.


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