I am already anxious about my review of the fabulous Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland; I simply cannot do justice to this book, but I will try!
A month of so ago I saw a tweet by Wide Eyed Editions come across my timeline on twitter I clicked through to their website and knew straight away that their books would be something special. I was really excited to be sent a copy of this first book to review.
I’m guessing that, like me, you probably haven’t heard of Wide Eyed Editions and that’s because they are very new! They are a new imprint of Quarto Publishing Group UK and are creators of non-fiction for children and families. Wide Eyed say:
We believe books should encourage curiosity about the world we live in, inspire readers to set out on their own journey of discovery. Our stellar cast of illustrators and authors will bring a new sense of wonder to classic themes in simple, quality formats that look and feel like beautiful objects.
Well – they have succeeded in their aim. Atlas of Adventures is the perfect example of why the e-book format will never ever fully remove the traditional book. Atlas of Adventures simply would not work in an ebook format.
Everything about it is amazing, stunning and surprising. I wasn’t too sure what to expect of the book other than the usual A4ish sized glossy front cover book with standard style printing. I was wrong. The first thing that struck me was the size of it. It is almost A3 in size. Unusual I think for books. Another thing is that the paper is matt rather than the shiny glossy paper we see so much of. It is printed and bound in Italy and it really shows. It really oozes class and I was surprised to see the RRP was just 19.99 – I would expect to pay more for a book like this. The look and feel of this book really is something special.
So, once you’re finished cooing over just how beautiful the book is and finished rubbing your hands along it (and it even has that fabulous ‘book’ smell!) you will see that Lucy Letherland, the illustrator, has done an amazing job of creating beautiful pictures that are both simple yet detailed at the same time. I really do not know how she has managed it but it is amazing. Each page follows two explorers to another part of the world; across cities and continents. The size of the book really works here as each of the pages really are packed to the edges with clever details and information. (Did you know that the Green Turtle is that only herbivore of all the turtle species?). This book will truly ignite a passion for learning about our fabulous world as you move from place to place, from London to the Great Barrier Reef to visiting the penguins in the Antarctic.
This is the sort of book that will be invaluable as Daniel and Emma start to learn about the world we inhabit, and I have so many ideas for activities we can do using this book and the illustrations. There are so many talking points in it that it will be a book we turn to time and time again over the years. It truly is a family book and the size of it lends to lazy afternoons lay on the floor or sat around the table peering into it. There is also a couple of pages at the back with things to go looking for in the book; prompting more discussions.
Wide Eyed editions say that they want to create simple quality books that look and feel like beautiful objects. They truly have managed it. This is so much more than a children’s book; it is truly a work of art. Lucy Letherland and the team at Wide Eyed Editions should be rightly very proud of this first publication. I can genuinely say that if this had been bought as a gift for me then I would love it. Atlas of Adventures has had pride of place on the table downstairs and visitors have commented on just how stunning it is. It would be the perfect gift to mark a child’s first day at school or for Christmas gifts (or even as a christening gift).
Wide Eyed Editions look to be a very exciting publisher and they have some more beautiful books due to be published in May 2015 – they can be found here on their website. You really should take a look and follow them on twitter to keep up to date with their forthcoming publications @WideEyedEd