Not For Parents Europe: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know Paperback – 14 Feb 2014
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Being a travel company at heart you would think that Lonely Planet’s ‘Not for Parents Europe’ would have some sort of travel based structure that leaped from country to country in a virtual tour of Europe. However, this is not the case. The book does not even look at particular countries, but at Europe as a whole. Random subjects come up on a double spread and you are given colourful images and a few facts about it. At times it almost feels like a whistle stop tour of European Stereotypes.
The fact that the book is so scattergun can get a little frustrating, but it is still an entertaining read for a child whose attention span requires lots of little facts over bright pages. Its soft binding means that the book would be an ideal travelling companion in a backpack, perhaps you travel through Europe as a family? What is certain is a little more structure would have made more sense.
The text is broken down into digestible chunks. There's a good mix of photographs and enticing illustrations. The jokes may make you groan as much laugh, but they never irritate. This book makes learning fun. It may not go into great detail about each topic, but it works as an appetiser encouragingly the reader to go on and do further research elsewhere. The book will even point the reader in the right direction e.g. it provides a link to learn more about the flags of Europe.
It's not just children that will learn things from this book, the average adult will learn much too. Did you know that vending machines that make fresh pizza exist? Or that in Europe it's the Germans who eat the most pizza? The range of this book is broad, taking in everything from Eurovision to Europe's top six scientists, Lego to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The only question it doesn't answer is, Why didn't they make books like this when I was a child?
The book has quite a small format and the robust, non-hardback, cover means it could be carried in a child's rucksack.
The book can best be described as a messy jumble of titbits. I couldn't identify any particular themes, and the material is only very vaguely educational. Visually we found it unattractive. There is a lot of colour used, but it isn't vibrant or cheerful. The patchwork layout can be confusing and overwhelming.
Each item is covered very briefly, which is frustrating and makes it hard to hold a readers attention.
You do not get the sense of any country's culture from this book. It might have been much better to have subdivided Europe into regions, rather than to try and cover all of Europe in such a small volume.
If you want to amuse children in a waiting room for a few minutes, then this kind of book might be suitable. Otherwise you may find it quite a disappointment. I would say the target age range would be centered on 10-12 year olds
The subjects are a little random and I doubt actually have "everything you want to know" in them, we go from a few facts on European royals (the Queen sent her first email in 1976) to the story of Lego and Vincent Vin Gogh with absolutely no continuity or logic. This is, though a book for kids and mine both love it so, given that it's engaging and interesting to them, I can't criticise this book too harshly!
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Not For Parents Europe: Everything you ever wanted to know – this is one of several books in Lonely Planets “Not for Parents” series that I’ve gotten for my young daughters. Read morePublished on 24 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
My daughter has really enjoyed this book, and so have I - it's full of fascinating information about Europe and the customs and traditions of many countries. Read morePublished on 18 April 2014 by Fiona Millar
My son is one of the youngest children in Year 2 and therefore a tiny bit too young for this book; however we've read parts of it together prior to bed. Read morePublished on 13 April 2014 by SilentSinger
This book was exactly what was needed when my daughter (Year 3) announced that she had to pick a European country for a project. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by not_a_real_folkie