We were sent this book for my 8 year old to review. She is a science nut and history buff so this was right up her street. The back cover says:
Our awesome planet as you've never seen it before
Feed your imagination with this unique insight into the world of extremes. Dedicated to exploring only the explosive, extraordinary, and incredible, these adrenaline-packed pages reveal everything from speed machines and storm chasers to ferocious predators.
The book has been put together by the Discovery Channel and has 6 sections:
- Active Earth
- Awesome Animals
- Incredible Science
- Ultimate Machines
- Super Humans
- History Revealed
When I handed the book to my daughter on the way home from school she immediately dived into a random page and started reading me facts about alphabets around the world. I was then regaled with the timeline of the history of the universe!
Each double page is dedicated to one theme with a bite size paragraph on each sub topic and plenty of illustrations. These manage to engage a child's attention for enough time for them to learn some fascinating facts. This is one of my daughter's favourite pages:
The other thing designed to appeal to its target audience is the gruesome details on some sections! To get my daughter to hand the book back to me to write this review took some coercion as she wants to keep it on her bed. As an adult I actually enjoy reading bits to my daughter and I'm being distracted by dipping into it now as I type.. The only negative thing I have to say is that the book is American and so therefore uses imperial measurements first (metric in brackets) which my daughter needed to have explained. It also uses American English which caused some confusion to her.
The book has an RRP of £17.99 but I have found it on Amazon for only £9.17. It would make a great Christmas present for a child 8+ or indeed a great addition to the coffee table for adults to peruse.