Posted by Venus on Saturday, March 8, 2014
Labels: non-fiction review
Publisher: Big Picture Press
Release Date: October 8, 2013
I have always had a fascination with maps. I love old hand drawn maps, maps of Egyptian tombs, road maps, and topographical maps. Before I travel anywhere, I always buy a map and student the layout of the town and city. I have been known to give money to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.
In short, I love maps, which is why I adored this book. A coffee-table sized tome, this books features maps for 44 countries all cleverly illustrated using cartoon-like inforgraphics. Each countries map includes traditional costumes, popular dishes, animals, food, large cities, cultural history, famous people from that country, popular children's names, activities, landmarks, and much more. There is also a key with spoken languages, population, land area, and capital. There is so much on every page, so much information to take in. My only wish is that this book could have been thicker and included more maps and more countries. Missing from pages were Norway, Ireland, Iran, Korea, Philippines, and a ton of African countries. Although I understand that this would have required a lot more illustration work as well as creating a rather large book (the pages are very thick), it did feel like I was only getting the highlights, or at least the countries that the authors and publisher felt were important. On the whole though, this was an excellent book of maps, perfect for the curious learner.