on December 8, 2011
I bought this book for my son at the National Gallery in Washington and have gone on to buy many more in the series. This one is a particular favorite of my now 4 1/2 year old boy. The book unfolds chronologically, from the Great Pyramid through the Colosseum, Notre Dame cathedral, the Tower of London, Versailles, before ending with the Burj Dubai. There are a great many little flaps that offer peeks into the buildings. The commentary is informed but child friendly. It's really aimed at an older kid than my son - there are some images of gladiators, skeletons and ghosts (at the Tower of London) which require explanation parents would rather avoid - but he's enjoyed it since he was 3. In fact, we took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum in New York because we learned about it in the book. Highly recommended.
on February 28, 2016
This is a cool book. Lots of lift-a-flaps (60, if I remember, correctly). Unfortunately, my kid doesn't like lifting flaps, apparently. Your kid will probably love it. I recommend you go through the book and gently lift all the flaps (maybe with a pointy knife, to give you a better grip), before you give it to your kid. Otherwise, there's a pretty good chance several of the flaps will get pretty badly ripped.