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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (14 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174321913X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743219133
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had great expectations around this book, but was disappointed. I thought it would be organised by countries, so you could look up things when you went to a particular place. Instead, I found random facts about places, some of which were of little relevance and not that usueful for the young audiences. The illustrations are not that great either. A complete let down from a respectable publisher such as Lonely Planet, so we are returning it.
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A child’s mind is like a sponge absorbing knowledge from everywhere. My own brain is still full with random and funny facts that I learned before I even hit my teen years. It can seem ad hoc what is remembered and what is not, but usually it is linked to books on specific topics and gleaning the most entertaining data from it. This should be the case with ‘Not for Parents Europe’ by the Lonely Planet team, a book that ostensibly looks at fun information about Europe, but is actually a bag of random facts.

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.
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The legacy of Horrible Histories looms large, with the promise of blood thirsty rulers, sculptures made out of human bones and rotten shark chomping. Each page is colourful, but never in a garish or distressing way.

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?
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We have loved other Lonely Planet books targeted at children, but this one (and I suspect the entire series) has missed the mark.

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
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By A to Z TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2014
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We love a non-fiction book in this house and this one is pretty good. Although it's a small paperback (about A5 size) the brightly coloured pages are packed with fun facts and fab photos.

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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By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 17 April 2014
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This is the first Lonely Planet book for kids I'd ever read, and for the most part it is funny, colourful, and packed with saucy tidbits that children should enjoy. It's cheap but well made, the design is eye-catching if a little distracting, and it covers a wide variety of countries, cultures and periods. Far from the easy layout of a standard Lonely Planet guide, there doesn't seem to be any form here, which may be half the point. As expected we have plenty of gory, horrible fun, silly puns, bright illustrations, and focus on the more colourful moments in Europe's history, as well as some easy to digest blurbs and quotes.
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