This book has been floating on our coffee table for a little while now, it is one of those books that once you start browsing you just can’t stop… Step inside and you could be lost for hours, you may have been looking for one thing, but there are heaps of other interesting facts that will grab your attention along the way. The team that thought this would be a fun reference book and intended for it be used by students of all ages, for all sorts of assignments, were right, but this book is so much more than just a reference book, it is also a whole lot of fun.
Each year we begin a new and awesome book that we read through as a family for school, last year it was The History of the World in 1000 Objects, and before that The History of Britain and Ireland. Well, we are almost finished The History of the World in 1000 Objects and the Picturepedia goes straight to the top of the list for this year. It is quite literally a Visual Dictionary with Super Powers…
Se7en Things We Love About This Book
- It is big, in every sense of the word… forget pocket book, this is the kind of book you have to spread open on a table, open up flat and pour over.
- The topics cover vast areas of information, from the human body to crocodiles, the ocean to fashion, water sports to spies… there is something in here for everyone.
- The photography is, well it is a DK Book, superb… There is something about the photographic delight of a DK Book that makes you feel like you are climbing into an epic adventure… every page is packed with a mini escapade.
- Each double page spread contains crystal clear images. Not just photographs, infographics… Lists and lists of incredible facts, not to mention heaps of easy to read details. There literally is something new and incredible to discover on every single page.
- Some of the facts are great fodder for filling the “general knowledge bucket” and make great discussion starters at the dinner table: Which country eats the most bread per person per year? Do you know where the driest place on earth is? Do you know the difference between and a tennis ball and a real tennis ball? There is no surprise as to which country eats the most pasta per year, but you will never guess just how much pasta. The list of incredible facts appears to be endless.
- It isn’t just a pile of facts there are lots of “how to do’s” too… Magic tricks, a loaf of bread, knots and knotting… and things to try… saying hello in countless languages, and taking a peak at cultures from all over the world.
- So we did a scavenger hunt… looking for things around the house that we could match up in the book… you would be amazed at the number of random factoids that you have just lying around your house. This book is a fantastic way to learn the back story to every day objects and lots and lots of obscure objects too.
The Picturepedia is published by Penguin Random House South Africa and we were given a copy for review purposes. If you need to see some more details you can take a look inside on the DK Books website.