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The Atlas Obscura explorer's guide for the world's most adventurous kid

Explorer's guide for the world's most adventurous kid
The Atlas Obscura explorer's guide for the world's most adventurous kid
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Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Workman Publishing Co., Inc., [2018]
Physical Description:
110 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
General Note:
"47 countries, 100 extraordinary places to visit"--front cover.

Maps on endpapers.
Iceland -- Zambia -- Antarctica -- Ethopia -- Russia -- Mexico -- Vietnam -- Ukraine -- Italy -- China -- Texas -- Norway -- Kazakhstan -- New Zealand -- Tennessee -- Indonesia -- India -- Peru -- Australia -- Brazil -- Egypt -- Philippines -- Japan -- France -- Cambodia -- Colombia -- Wyoming -- Spain -- Honduras -- Venezuela -- Poland -- Bolivia -- Scotland -- Greece -- England -- Sweden -- Germany -- Micronesia -- South Africa -- Washington state -- Nambia -- Canada -- Argentina -- Austria -- Mongolia -- Azerbaijan -- Turkmenistan -- Morocco -- Malta -- Chile -- You made it -- Alternative adventure plans -- Methods of travel by speed -- Learn from others -- Explorer's tips.
"Presents a kid's illustrated guide to 100 of the world's wonders, both natural and manmade, in 47 countries and on every continent on earth. Travel the world through common points of interest, from sacred skeletons (Trunyan Tree cemetery in Indonesia leads you to India's Skeleton Lake, for example) to wild waterfalls (while in Zambia visit the Devil's Swimming Pool--and then move on to Antarctica's Blood Falls) to ice caves to bioluminescence"-- provided by publisher.


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Material Type
J 910.41 THUR New or Popluar Book Juv Nonfiction

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Calling all curious kids! It's time to pack your bags and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Created by the same team behind Atlas Obscura , the #1 New York Times bestseller that has over 600,000 copies in print in its first year, The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid is a thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 of the world's most mysterious and mesmerising places.

The hottest place on earth, and the coldest. Lava lakes and the otherworldly Blood Falls of Antarctica. An underwater spaceship graveyard and a museum of dancing mummies. As compelling as the destinations is the way the book unfolds. Imagine the world's most ingenious tour guide working with an unlimited budget, and this is the journey you'd take: hopscotching from country to country in a daisy chain of connecting attractions. For example, visit the site of a mysterious meteor crash in Siberia, then turn the page and learn about one in the Yucatán. While in Mexico, visit the fantastical crystal caves, and then turn the page to find yourself in another massive cave, this time in Vietnam.

Illustrated in gorgeous and appropriately evocative full-spread watercolours, this book is a passport to a world of hidden possibilities.

Author Notes

Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, and a coauthor of Atlas Obscura .

Rosemary Mosco is a science writer and artist. She is the author of the graphic novel Solar System: Our Place in Space and the webcomic Bird and Moon .

Joy Ang is a freelance artist, children's book illustrator, and character designer for video games and the television series Adventure Time .

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This guide to world wonders offers a tour of 100 curious and awe-inspiring destinations within 47 countries and three states in the U.S. Among the natural attractions highlighted are giant crystal formations in the caves of Naica, Mexico; a river in Colombia that turns the colors of the rainbow; and blue whales migrating in the waters off the coast of Iceland. Human-made works of architecture and technology include "Towering Tree Houses" built by minister Horace Burgess in the woods of Tennessee and the stone temples of Mnajdra, Malta. Among the more quirky curiosities is the Coromoto Ice Cream Shop in Venezuela, which scoops a record number of flavors, including spaghetti and sardine. For each locale, the authors include an obscure fact: "In Cambodia, the human head is considered sacred-never pat somebody on the head!" Whether readers are able to visit any of the featured locations, Thuras (a cofounder of Atlas Obscura) and Mosco advocate for exploring the here and now: "You are already somewhere amazing." Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Curiosity's the name of the game whenever the folks from Atlas Obscura are involved, and here they whisk readers around the globe, making stops in fascinating, and often unbelievable, locations. This explorer's atlas touches down in 47 different countries, linking them thematically by their sites and wonders. But before kids antsy with wanderlust are released upon the world, a traveler's checklist offers suggestions for the trips the book contains, from the obvious (sunscreen, camera) to the highly specific (Geiger counter, goat treats). The large-format design makes for roomy double-page spreads that highlight two destinations per country (or state, on occasion) located on a globe and four fast facts. Concise, compelling text is printed over full-bleed artistic renderings of the sites. So how does one get from Iceland to Zambia to Antarctica? Well, the blue whale migration near Húsavík, Iceland, is linked to an astonishing fruit bat migration in Zambia's Kasanka National Park. Zambia is also home to Victoria Falls, which, in turn, leads explorers to Antarctica's iron-rich Blood Falls. These connections appear as footnotes that always hold a hook to keep the pages turning. Alternate Travel Routes are appended, allowing readers to customize their itineraries by themes, such as Fire and Ice and Subterranean Sojourns. This unique atlas impresses the interconnectedness of the world upon readers, stoking their sense of respect, wonder, and opportunity.--Julia Smith Copyright 2018 Booklist