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The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid — 7 Comments

  1. Wow!!!! This book takes you everywhere, like many books tend to do. What a great book for a kiddo who likes an adventure! This could be used in multiple ways in any classroom setting. 5/5 stars!!!!

  2. This book gave me a serious case of wanderlust! From the very beginning I was ready to pack my bags, book tickets, and follow whatever path the book took me on. It was such a fascinating journey that criss-crossed the world. I loved how the locations were linked through a common theme. I also loved that it was a great way to learn about human and physical geography, history, science, and different cultures all at the same time while remaining true to the adventurous tone.

    I think this book would be a valuable addition to the classroom and library collections. The illustrations are so eye-catching and intriguing that you’re naturally drawn in to read more. The text too is so much fun to read. As a teacher of the intermediate grades, I often find my students have little interest in reading non-fiction. I think this book is one that appeals to nearly everyone, and sparks so many ideas and questions that inspire you to read, learn, and explore more. I could see this book being used alongside research projects and Genius Hours too.

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

  3. This was such a fun book that takes you all over the world! I liked the illustrations and facts. I also enjoyed the choice of locations – they were varied and uncommon. The travel modes and the map/location descriptions were great. I also liked the emphasis on asking questions, exploring your own home, and talking to kids from other cultures. It certainly got my imagination and curiosity going! I would definitely get this for my classroom – it could be used as a starter for a research project (I really liked the “plan your own route” guide). 5 stars.

  4. This book is a passport for a free trip around the world! I like how it shows each country on the map and has other facts to start the information off. It’s nice how the authors relate facts like population and area to places the students may be more likely to know. Given the title, Atlas Obscura, it’s perfect that there’s one obscure fact for each country, although students may not know what obscure or obscura mean. The food facts will be fun for the students to see if there are any foods they recognize and find out where they originated. Wonderful illustrations as well! My favorite thing I learned was about the gravity defying goats of Morocco and their goat-spit ecomony 🙂 Reading for pleasure is a given for this book and I could even see doing a country a day or a week (Around the World Wednesday) as a read aloud during social studies or morning meeting. 5 stars!

  5. I am in agreement with the above reviews. This is a great work of nonfiction. My daughter saw me reading it, and picked it up and has been happily reading it as well. It has opened up a great book discussion between the two of us, as I am positive it would between me and my students as well. This book allows those of us who do not travel much to experience amazing places through the use of beautiful pictures and colorful words. While I will not be reading it aloud, I will definitely be referencing it and suggesting my students add this book to their own reading adventures. 5 stars

  6. I spent several happy hours reading The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed my armchair travels to obscure places throughout the world (my favorite was an abandoned water park in Vietnam) and I think a lot of 4th and 5th graders would as well. The book is beautifully illustrated and is part history lesson, geography text, and travelogue. It certainly inspired curiosity to look these places up and see if they truly do exist. I think students would enjoy reading this for pleasure. It would be a great addition to the classroom or school library. 5 stars.

  7. The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid is a must have book. This book needs to be in school libraries, teacher classrooms, and homes of the kids we work with. This book is awesome. I never knew there was a Norwegian Island that is holding over a million seeds in a freezing cold vault. With a farming background that true fact blew my mind, but makes perfect sense. Also the fun fact about Katie Paterson planting 1,000 baby spruce trees to be harvested in 100 years and that wood will be turned into paper to make books. The Ice Cream Shop in Heladeria Coromoto in Venezuela with different flavored ice cream…gross but how cool to know that fun fact.
    Kids will love this book and all the incredible pictures. They love weird but true facts. I would give this book a 5 star rating and recommend everyone to purchase this book.