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Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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The book is irreverent and turns the concept of an Atlas upside down, but read more carefully and the sarcasm is so true it begins to hurt. It is doubtful many parents would buy this as a present for their children, which is sad because Schmatlas would otherwise inform the reader that Nepal's "Mount Qomolangma can make a rich man's penis bigger" or that after getting rid of the aristocratic Brits, "Americans decided that they'd have a president instead, one that wasn't part of a rich family where fathers and sons ruled the nation and just helped out their rich mates."
Good insight indeed (and maps, capitals, population statistics and more too), but whether the book will be referenced too many times is probably a matter of taste. Perhaps knowledge is something that needs to be passed on after all, which makes Schmatlas perfect for regifting instead of resifting.
If you appreciate that line, you will appreciate this glorious book, vividly illustrated and filled with facts, factoids and knowledge, presented with a rare and much-to-be-treasured-and-encouraged sensibility.
This is an author and illustrator to savor and to follow. Start now!
Nothing could be further from the truth. This atlas is horrible, uninformative, unfunny, and appeals roughly to someone the maturity level of a 12 year old.
The "humor" consists of inside jokes the author has with himself. Most jokes are simply profanity or immature pixelated pictures. The pictures themselves are tiny, and consist of the illustrator's attempts to portray famous people of a country. This is as boring as it sounds, I assure you.
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NOT A KIDS' BOOK. I bought this for my 12 year old son who loves geography and loved Robinson's baseball book. Very, very disappointed. It is full of obscene pictures and words. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fishhead
This is a good book but we were caught off guard by the adult language.
Not appropriate for our 10 year old.
Info graphics are supposed to convey information and be usable. While this is obviously meant to be funny it represents the worst of the genre in terms of information and frankly... Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Don Barzini
I can't believe that this book was sold in the children's section of the bookstore. The book is vulgar, profane, and totally inappropriate for children. Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by L. Nash