The Cities Book: A Journey Through 86 of the World’s Greatest Cities

Illus. by Livi Gosling and Tom Woolley. Lonely Planet Kids, $19.99 (212p) ISBN 978-1-78657-019-2
This inviting guidebook introduces 86 global cities—from well-known destinations like Venice, Sydney, and Seoul to less-often covered locations including Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego and South Tarawa, capital of Kiribati in Oceania—with one or more spreads devoted to each. Casual, engaging descriptions accompany vivid photography and folk art–style illustrations, highlighting aspects of the cities’ culture, history, or global influence: pages devoted to Kingston, Jamaica, touch on reggae, Rastafari, and jerk seasoning, and the Tokyo spreads discuss the Tsukiji Fish Market, sumo wrestling, and cat cafes. While the book can only hint at the complexities of each city and its heritage, this immersive reading experience paints a striking portrait of the vibrant diversity of the planet’s cities. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/08/2016
Release date: 09/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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