Ever since stumbling across Wide Eyed Editions on twitter and being sent the fabulous Atlas of Adventures I find myself lusting after each of their new releases. The autumn brings a host of new books from various publishers and I’ve had my eye on a few from Wide Eyed Editions, including the wonderful City Atlas.
City Atlas has been selected by The Bookseller as a highlight of the season and I can see why. It is stunning and is the perfect accompaniment to City Atlas as it delves into thirty great cities. It is colourful and wonderfully detailed but at the same time so simple.
Like many, I went straight to the cities I’ve been to that I adore, Moscow and Mexico City. Both are amazingly depicted – St Basil’s Cathedral dominates the Moscow spread – in much the same way as it dominates my own holiday snaps (we seemed to be drawn back to it each and every day of our stay there). There is so much to see and I have dipped into the book time and time again and discovered something new on each page each time.
Cities covered include Helsinki, Lisbon, Sydney, London, Toronto, Budapest, London and more. Each city covers a two page spread in this book and the details are superb. Martin Haake, the illustrator, has picked out key landmarks, people and iconic buildings. There is so much for the whole family to engage with. The book is marketed at age seven onwards, but Mr D has taken this book out from the bookcase a good few times now and studied it. He likes pointing out the things he can see and I am beginning to introduce the idea of countries to him. Miss E has also enjoyed looking at this book – surprisingly so given she is only eighteen months old.
It is a fabulous book and this, alongside the other stunning books due out (how amazing does Wonder Garden look) means that Wide Eyed Editions are sure to retain their spot in my heart (and bookcase) as my most coveted of books. Seriously, I have Wonder Garden, School of Art and 50 States on my birthday wishlist!