Sunday, October 28, 2018

Two New Releases from Lonely Planet Kids Perfect For Young Explorers Wanting to Learn About Ancient Wonders and Dangerous Places (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

This year for school has been all about the wonderful books and workbooks from Lonely Planet Kids.  During the summer months we used their sticker activity books and Let's Explore series to study mountains and deserts, as well as their Unfolding Journeys books to learn all about the Rocky Mountains and Amazon.  

Let's Explore... DesertUnfolding Journeys - Amazon Adventure

And, when we weren't using these amazing books for schooling, the girls were reaching for one of a handful maze and activity books from Lonely Planet Kids that I had picked up to keep the busy for car rides and rainy days.  The girls couldn't get enough of the books, so I made a point to pick up more from Lonely Planet kids for school this fall.  

In addition to the books I picked up, I was also sent a couple new releases to check out with my girls, and they were instant hits.  We were sent the following books, which were both released in Sept.

Here is more about these two books, which you can purchase directly from Lonely Planet Kids online shop, as well as online retailers like Amazon.


"This title is called Ancient Wonders - Then & Now (North and South America edition) in North & South America and you can buy it here. Both editions contain the same great content.

Ancient Wonders - Then & Now introduces children to some of history's most famous civilisations and the amazing palaces, temples and buildings they created. In this interactive and fact-filled tour, kids will discover all about each man-made marvel, what it looks like today, and its influence on modern life.
Then, by opening the gatefolds and lifting flaps, they'll find out how these wonders were built, what they once looked like, and their role in ancient society. Kids will experience gladiatorial combat in Rome, a Chinese army built from clay, Cleopatra's sunken underwater palace, and lots more.

Historical sites featured:
  • Angkor Wat
  • Machu Picchu
  • The Roman Baths
  • The Parthenon
  • The Colosseum
  • Stonehenge
  • Petra
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza
  • The Terracotta Army
  • Cleopatra's Palace
  • Chichen Itza
  • Easter Island
ISBN: 9781787013391
Curator: Lonely Planet Kids
Writers: Stuart Hill
24 pages, 24pp color, 0 maps | Dimensions: 282mm × 259mm
Next edition due: Sep 2022

This title is called The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places (North & South America edition) in North & South America and you can buy it here. Both editions contain the same great content.

Hazard hunters Eddie and Junko are exploring some of the most extreme environments on Earth! But don’t worry, they have their dangermobile packed with gadgets to tackle everything they come across. Join them and discover the fires of erupting Stromboli, the world’s fastest winds on Mt. Washington, Brazil’s venomous snake island, and much more.

In this fascinating round-the-world adventure, you’ll travel to 35 of the planet’s most dangerous natural places. With a mix of photos and illustrations, amazing facts and danger stats, it’s a fun and absorbing introduction to our wild and wonderful world.
You’ll visit:
  • Death Valley, California
  • Tornado Alley, the American Midwest
  • Catatumbo Lightning, Venezuela
  • Holuhraun Lava Field, Iceland
  • Saltstraumen Whirlpools, Norway
  • The Poison Garden, UK
  • Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan
  • Forest of Knives, Madagascar
  • Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • Komodo National Park, Indonesia
  • Mary River Crocodiles, Australia
ISBN: 9781787016941
Curator: Lonely Planet Kids
Writers: Anna Brett
80 pages, 80pp color, 0 maps | Dimensions: 185mm × 240mm
Next edition due: Sep 2022


Like I said, we have been fans of these books from Lonely Planet kids.  Not only are these wonderful educational books to pick up and read, to learn about different places and things, but they are fun, too.  In the Ancient Wonders Then & Now book, there are gatefolds and lifting flaps kids will love, that will give kids a greater sense of how these wonders were built and what they looked like then and now.  My girls like interactive books like this that let see and compare places and things, all while learning about a particular topic.  And, I have found that the text written for Lonely Planet Kids books is perfect for young learners.  The words are easy to understand, and the illustrations are bright and playful making kids want to flip the page to see what is next.

As you can see in the YouTube trailer for the Ancient Wonders Then & Now book, kids will have fun learning about amazing places, temples, and buildings that were created and still stand today.  Our personal favorite was learning about Cleopatra's sunken underwater palace.  Both of my girls said that would be so cool to see in person.  And, I have to agree with them. :-)

And, as far at "The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places" by Anna Brett, this was also a favorite, especially of my youngest daughter.  She is into comic books and said this book had a comic book feel to it, which made her want to sit and read through the pages as she journeyed alongside Eddie and Junko exploring some of the most dangerous natural places on Earth.  Through a mix of photos and illustrations, the pages of this book are filled with amazing facts and stats that will excite and amaze both kids and adults alike.  I found myself really getting into this book and learning new things and lingering on each page to admire the photos and illustrations.  

With the holidays fast approaching, these two recent releases from Lonely Planet Kids, as well as their other wonderful selection of books for kids of all ages, would make for a great gift idea. While toys are fun, they can get boring book.  But, when you share a book from Lonely Planet Kids, you will not only be providing your child with a gift they will enjoy, but will also see how excited they get learning about new things and places. Then, get ready to hear all about what they learned, as they show off these fun books to family and friends.  My girls really enjoyed these and the other books from Lonely Planet Kids, and have learned so much.  Who knew learning could be so much fun! :-)  Head on over to to check out their new and recent releases, and to place your order today.

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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