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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Review: Stickyscapes London

When stickers are used to bring history, geography, architecture and a city's culture to life, the result is a whole lot of fun!

Stickyscapes London is for kids and the kid in all of us. I don't know who had the most fun out of my daughter and me as we sat happily placing stickers on two enormous panoramas of London.

On one side of the fold-out page is present-day London. On the other, a fictional and historical layout of the city. Then it's up to you to select from the 100 re-usable stickers to create your own personalised 'Londons'.

The scope of the stickers is incredible. From iconic double-decker buses, black cabs, red phone boxes and tube station symbols, to the Queen's guards, 'Bobby' policemen, Wimbledon tennis players and Arsenal football supporters, London is brought to life in all its diversity. William and Kate even get a look-in (as do graffiti artists and tourists).

And if fictional/historic London is more your scene, then you can choose from Shakespeare and Peter Pan, Jack the Ripper and Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Sherlock Holmes. Viking ships, hot air balloons, zeppelins and World War fighter planes provide myriad transport options too.

Each sticker has an accompanying paragraph of information, so that children (and adults) can learn more about its significance. Whether you've been to London or not, this is an activity book that should provide hours of entertainment for enquiring minds.

Title: Stickyscapes London
Illustrator: Robert Hanson
Publisher: Laurence King, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: Paperback (with fold-out page)
ISBN: 9781856699549
For ages: 6+
Type: Activity Book

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