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Monday 1 January 2018

Review: The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders

As a new year begins I thought that it might be appropriate to discover The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders.

Cabinets of wonder were formed as early as the 16th century to collect strange, weird and wonderful objects to entertain and teach. The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders by Lonely Planet Kids brings together objects from museums from around the world in 12 themed collections.

Readers can explore each collection on a double page spread where they can open flaps that look like draws and cupboards. The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders contains 100 treasures to discover.

The collections include objects of childhood as seen in the Toy Makers Cabinet or musically entertaining from the Musician's Cabinet and some are horrifying objects that are found in the Monster Hunter's Cabinet.

Each collection contains interesting and unusual facts about the objects. Did you know that platform shoes are not a new, the idea is actually over 400 years old? Some other curiosities inside the book include Egyptian toe covers, a dinosaur egg, a didgeridoo and even Albert Einstein's brain.

Like the original cabinets of wonders this book also includes some fake objects like a photo of fairies or a merman's dried-up body.

The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders is a marvellous way of visiting the world's museums without leaving home.

Title: The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids, $29.99
Publication Date: 1 November 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781787011038
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction