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  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (14 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743219172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743219171
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2014
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This book consists of six double-page spreads of different famous cities, plus one of Heathrow airport (for some unexplained reason) The artwork is very reminiscent of the Where's Wally books (albeit slightly less cluttered), and there is even a challenge to find a hidden object on each page.

There are also between four and eight flaps to be lifted on each scene, to reveal either an inside view or how the scene evolves in a next time step (e.g. what the street artist's finished painting looks like). Each flap has a brief explanatory text written under it. It is these texts that let the book down for me. Not only are they often rather banal ("Many street artists work in Paris"), but they are of a linguistic complexity that seems to me to be at odds with the "from age 5" target audience recommendation. I don't know many five-year-olds who can read sentences such as "Seaplanes fly tourists" around Sydney Harbour" or "Most giant screens are adverts, but some show news and baseball games".

Unless an adult is helping with the reading, I would think this book would be better suited to a child of at least 7 years old. But then, at least some such children may regard "lift-the-flap" books as a bit childish.

I tried it on a three-year-old, who liked the colourful pictures, and enjoyed lifting the flaps, as well as finding the hidden objects (very easily accomplished), but she found the text very dull. To be honest, I didn't find it very interesting either.
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This is a delightful children's book - although as an old codger I enjoyed it too!
It is a variation on the "Where's Wally" books -with a twist. We go on a journey to 7 of the busiest cities: Rio; New York; Sydney; Marrakesh; Paris; Shanghai and.....Heathrow!
Each location has a main object to find - Beach Ball; Statue of Liberty; Sydney "snow dome"; Paris shopping bag; Camel in Marrakesh (of course!); Panda in Shanghai and an umbrella at Heathrow (why? are we expecting rain again??)
The nice twist at each location is that there are several flaps to lift and reveal what is underneath. (If the flap is tight help it by pushing from the other side of the page)
Flap exam[les? Well there is a happy picnicker at Rio -or is she? A dog walker in NY with 6 dogs - all under control? What is that in the Sydney undergrowth? Has that snake charmer got it all together in Marrakesh? The lady playing the violin in Paris looks in trouble and that vending machine in Shanghai looks a bit nippy! At Heathrow the transfer bus moves passengers around effortlessly.
At the back of the book are lists of several items to look for in addition to the main object list above. For example, Sydney has 2 red buses, a big spider; two cacti, a kite and a T shirt with a triangle on it. The are some stickers to add to each scene and a note telling you to lift the sticker page to find other clues to look out for in the last 4 locations.
The pictures are full of fun like "Where's Wally", but they are not so "busy" so younger children may find the book easier to navigate through.
The pages are quite thick -to cater for the flaps on each page I think.
Verdict? Good fun - make sure you are with the kids when they look through it -so you can enjoy their delight!
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By Sheila Camp VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2014
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I chose this to add to my grandson's collections of books for when he comes to ours after school. He looked at it once willingly but then each time I've had to encourage him to read through it. He turns 5 in July and enjoyed looking for the flaps but wouldn't let me read the sentences underneath, instead he wanted me to talk about what we've done on holiday in the places that we've been to featured in the book. Like other reviewers comment, it has a 'Where's Wally' feel to it and he loves these books; this might explain why he doesn't want to read the sentences once he's found the item he's looking for on each page and also lifted all the flaps. I really liked the book myself (I'd have given it 4 stars) but considering he's about the right age for it, I can't see an older child who could read much more independently, enjoying the flaps. Maybe time will tell. A good geographical book but possibly too much text for a five year old.
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By Mrs. M. Stamp VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2014
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This is for parents/carers who have lots of time to sit and share a book. It has 14 pages of detailed drawings to discuss, stickers to stick, flaps to lift (with facts about each place and its occupants),and items to search for on each page (like "Where's Wally").
The book is thick board and the flaps are stiff paper so it is quite robust. Each double page features a city--Rio, New York,Sydney,Paris,Marrakesh,Shanghai and London. The cartoonish illustrations are colourful and funny and need to be shared!
The £9.99 recommended price is a bit pricey so look around for bargains. I also think the suggested age range is too high as all the schoolchildren I know have moved on from "lift-the-flap" board books. Age 3-5 rather than 5 and up is more like it--and if you have a child cooped up with eg chickenpox or on a long journey, this book would pass an hour very quickly.
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