London: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

London: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
Klay Lamprell
Reviewed by Katie Allen
Lonely Planet
Sat, 01/10/2011
9781742204994
£9.99

Lonely Planet’s new series of kids’ travel guides, Not for Parents, introduces children aged 8-11 to the cities of London, New York, Paris and Rome by highlighting the most fascinating - creepy, gory, repulsive, quirky - facts about their people and places.

In the London guide, a whistlestop tour offers “everything you ever wanted to know” about the city, taking in the Underground, Banksy, the Great Fire of London and punk fashion along the way. It’s a rollicking mix of photographs, illustrations, cartoons, maps and archive images, liberally sprinkled with pun-tastic speech bubbles (a head on a spike dolefully declares “people treat me like a nobody”; Drake announces to Queen Elizabeth I: “I’ve disocvered the potato!”. She replies: “Thanks Drake, it’s mashing!”).

There’s plenty here to keep the kids occupied - I particularly liked the “eye spy” introduction to the paintings of Hogarth - and also plenty to amuse adults. I had no idea for example, that the grave of a Roman girl was uncovered in the foundations of the Gherkin, nor that the Tube tunnels through plague pits - but then I’m not supposed to be reading this book...
 

Add comment

Login or register to post comments

Books in this genre

Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
Review by Lucy Rock
Lonely Planets Kids
Lonely Planet
Danger is Everywhere
DAVID O'DOHERTY
Review by Megan Brown
C'est Modnifique!
Ian Moore
Review by Penny Batchelor
  • x
  • x