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Beautiful but lightweight.,
This review is from: Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth (Lonely Planet Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth) (Paperback)
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I remember when I was seven I was given an illustrated dictionary, I loved that book, not for the utility of looking up words and spelling but for the generous number of cut-away drawings of things, maps and pictorial essays which punctuated the text. Given that this was the seventies the balance of text to images was about seventy-thirty. This book is a product of the 21st century and as befits such an artefact the ratio of text to images is reversed and more. There is precious little text in this book but it makes up for it with a surfeit of glorious imagery. In this respect it reflects the series it's supporting/benefiting from which was also very much balanced towards striking images rather than any deep information or understanding. Of course this reflects the current BBC ethos which is to be very pretty but puddle deep.
This is supposed to be a companion to the series, which was billed as part of the BBC's science/nature output but was really a very luxurious travelogue. Younger children will like the book as it's a wonderful visual feast, older children will look at it once and then ignore it as there is nothing really informative in it. Adults will find it migrates to the toilet library and stays there until you throw it way. A missed opportunity, again, just like the series.