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Maps Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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[A] sumptuous illustrated children's atlas that combines chic, muted colors with witty and informative drawings on heavy matte paper that whispers under the fingers. ... The sort of book you can't help touching, "Maps" is as likely to engross adults as it is 7- to 10-year-olds. ... [I]t gives aesthetic pleasure all the way from the table of contents to the flags of the world at book's end.
—The Wall Street Journal
This handsome and fun-to-browse volume will inspire armchair travelers. ... The artwork’s muted earth tones, decorative borders, and fine-lined drawings are reminiscent of an antique rendering, while the numerous small cartoon illustrations add a light, contemporary touch. ... [W]insome renderings.
—School Library Journal
[A] nonfiction visual feast... [G]loriously portrays the world's profusion of creatures, mountains and man-made structures in chic, subdued shades of beige, mauve and eau de Nil.
—The Wall Street Journal
A visual extravaganza with fascinating trivia in pages as spacious and luxurious as a classic road atlas. It's an invitation to travel around the world one page at a time. ... "Maps" is a treat, with its richness of details catering to young readers in this electronic age who thrive on all kinds of visual stimuli. This book will also appeal to other members of the family. All will scour for details and trivia as obscure, fun and varied as where one might sandboard or see a yak.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
Not exactly your library’s world atlas. These maps, illustrated in distinctive style by the authors, denote the culture and history of a place rather than its exact coordinates.
[F]eatures playful line drawings of national and geographical attributes, including famous native folk (Freud, Kandinsky, Count Dracula). ... [A]n entertaining and informative choice for budding geographers or Eurail travelers-to-be.
—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Aleksandra Mizielin´ ska and Daniel Mizielin´ ski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, in 2007. In 2010 they were nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and the IBBY Honor List.
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I think that the only possible downside is that there are a few odd choices in subject matter for the small illustrations on the maps - nothing untoward or glaringly incorrect, mind you! - but that is a mere quibble compared to how wonderful this book is that I feel guilty even mentioning it.
Well worth the purchase for the hours of enjoyment exploring the world through this lovely book.
This is a fun book to thumb through.
It does not feature all countries. But, I love the detail of the illustrations and the many random tidbits of each country. Definitely worth the buy!
Printed on heavy paper stock that is parchment-like in appearance, the illustrations and style of "Maps" are reminiscent of vintage maps. Illustrations are cartoon-like and plentiful. Some may find the maps "busy".
Information for each entry includes a picture of the country's flag; the name of the capital city; the official language; the population; and the land mass' area. Cities are shown in red. Other information included about each country includes animal species found in the specific country; points of interest; foods; cultural information; some geographic features. All information is brief and serves only as a "teaser" inviting the reader to explore the country further.
Readers seeking a comprehensive atlas that includes information about every country in the world may be disappointed in "Maps". It is not a geography book seeking to be all things to all readers. Individuals seeking an unusual, quality book that may encourage children and adults alike to research the included countries further will find "Maps" a delightful book and one that is well worth purchasing.