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Thursday 9 May 2013

Review: What's Where in the World

You know those books that make you breathless with excitement - your eyes go wide, you can't turn the pages fast enough, you squeal with wonder at how it was humanly possible to source this incredible information? And on top of that - you marvel at the cleverness behind the concept?

Well, this book did that to me. I LOVE this book.

This book makes you want to shut yourself in a room and curl up and not move until every last drop has been absorbed.

Far more than a Did You Know? fact book, What's Where in the World is a pictorial combination of atlas, geographical study, history book and compendium of the flora and fauna of our planet.

It's also a study of the human population and its origins, whereabouts, expected life span, food intake and more more more, all presented in a dynamic, beautifully-illustrated way that will thoroughly engage children.

Where will you find the world's heaviest rainfall? Snowfall? (You may be surprised.) Where have the world's dinosaur fossils been found? Where are predators in proliferation? What about venomous creatures? And bird migration? Deforestation? (You will be horrified to learn how few forests are left.)

Where is the highest concentration of people on the planet? Where do Nomads live? What is the concentration of our aged population? What about poverty? Billionaires? Literacy? Pollution? Should I go on?

Book sections include:

Land, sea and air
Living world
People and planet
Engineering and technology

and also features flags of the world, full world maps and an index.

Beyond a priceless school and library resource, this is mind boggling and truly fascinating information book is specifically designed to attract kids. Gorgeously designed and laid out - as DK do so well - this is true fact book heaven.

Title: What's Where in the World: Planet Earth as You've Never Seen it Before
Publisher: DK, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 20 March 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781409379249
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction, Picture Book