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This review is from: Not For Parents How to be a World Explorer (Lonely Planet) (Hardcover)
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Knowing what to do when being attacked by a Lion is an essential life skill, up there with learning how to tie your shoelaces and which colour snow is good to eat. This is the theory of another in Lonely Planet's new `Not for Parents' series of books for kids, `How to be a World Explorer'. Like with other books in this series the warning to parents is nothing to worry about as it is more tongue in cheek than anything. There is nothing overly rude or crude in this book, just a chance that you child may take jumping off furniture or digging up the garden when pretending to be an explorer.
As an encyclopaedic style guide to exploring different habitats `World Explorer' is excellent. It is full of fun and informative facts that will both inspire and perhaps teach the reader. It is suitable for a youngster who has some confidence in reading on their own, so they can take it into their room and pour over its contents to their hearts content.
I was very impressed with the written content in `World Explorer', but this cannot be said of the illustrations. They have a naïve look to them that is a little too simple at times. There is a picture of a big cat at one point that looks like it may have been the victim of an industrial accident. Credit should be given to the work rate of the illustrator as they fill the entire chunky book - perhaps there was a little too much for them? Thankfully, the quality of paper, the hardback cover and the great written content still make this a good book for an adventurous child.