I found the book: Traveling Man - The Journey of Ibn Batutta, 1325-1354, by James Rumford to be very colourful with the smoothly written text which makes you want to read the story and the watercolours with Arabic Calligraphy gives it clarity and sharpness. Also, I found Rumford's use of ancient Arabic maps to outline the routes with commentaries - as an excellent example to engage and inspire children to use their imagination. My children found the book as an aid to help them to draw maps, sketches and logos. The book is not just for children and those adults who find text books a bit of a drag - then this book will re-kindle your imagination through paintings and maps that are not just woven into the story of Ibn Battuta's travels but about his journey through life in that 29 year period.
I would strongly recommend parents to purchase these types of books that engage children to learn in an informal way through just looking at pictures - with the option of reading nuggets of fascinating information from over 500 hundred years ago!