- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Lonely Planet Not for Parents
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1742208185
- ISBN-13: 978-1742208183
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not For Parents Rome: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Lonely Planet Not for Parents) Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is significantly less dark than the London one, but there are still some spreads that I should mention:
- there are several related to gladiators and the colosseum, including lots of drawings and various descriptions about what took place
- another one that touches on the "Capuchin monks" who spent time in their crypt full of human skulls and bones
- another talks about a public square where people were tortured and killed along with a drawing of a man being burned at the stake
- a spread is devoted to street art or grafitti including a piece of work which contains the "F" word (it is quite hard to make out, so most kids probably wouldn't notice it)
- a section about the bloody demise of Julius Cesear including a picture of him already stabbed.
The Rome book has a wide variety of interesting topics that kids will find interesting. The topics that are covered are a wide range such as Roman roads, gladiators, mythology, religion in Rome's history. Also included are more offbeat topics such as the law not to kill stray cats, origins of cappuccino, illusions, trash, and inventions.
I find that there is a good balance between historical information, current modern information, and interesting offbeat facts. The photos are excellent, illustrations are well done, and the layout makes it easy to pick up and read quickly and put it down again without feeling like you are overwhelmed by not reading enough.
These books are a hit in our household, and I would also point out that they make excellent supplements to education whether it is in a school situation or included in a homeschool library. Information is presented in a way that makes it retained well, and that is a big plus. I highly recommend this book!
I applaud the effort, and I learned a few things myself, but it's difficult to know to whom this will appeal. There isn't a lot of information given, just snippets and factoids. The book isn't organized in any particular way (so the index will be useful). If you are visiting the city there's not enough useful information, and no maps. And if you're interested in the history, there's not nearly enough material -- 4 to 6 blurbs in each spread, typically 1-3 sentences long.
And frankly I find the "not-for-parents" selling point a bit tired considering it's most likely the parents (or at least adults) who will buy the book and pay for the trip to Rome, right? And the subtitle, "Everything you ever wanted to know"? Yeah, I don't think so. On the other hand, I did learn a few things and will check out other books in the series: New York, London and Paris so far. And some kids will like this. It's short, sassy and highly illustrated.
Mixed bag: worthwhile to spark interest in a trip, though with no maps and short on information there is not enough content to use it as a guidebook or a sourcebook.