The World Book (Joe Fullman)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The World Book, written by Joe Fullman and illustrated by Rose Blake, a fact-filled trip around the globe for young explorers.

Covering 199 countries (plus Antarctica, as well as a page on dependencies and territories) in spreads ranging from half a page to two pages each, this fun and fascinating book of world facts introduces elementary-age readers to some of the most interesting, unique, and unusual elements from each. Bookworms can learn about the underwater sculptures of Grenada, the origins of the Rubik’s cube (Hungary) and Legos (Denmark), the rock-cut churches of Ethiopia, and the Chewa people of Malawi, plus hundreds more facts from around the globe.

Very cool! Fullman does a great job of picking a mix of trivia – facts that kids will instinctively be drawn to, about foods, native animals, and origins of familiar toys and tools; facts that are fascinating due to their novelty, like unique cultural traditions and holidays; and facts that provide important historical context and education. The last category is especially refreshing, as the author does not shy away from covering unpleasant issues like conflicts, occupations, or national disasters. Blake’s illustrations are colorful and inviting yet retain a fair amount of realism for a nonfiction book, and they make each page that much more fun to explore. JJ and I checked out several familiar and unfamiliar countries together, and she enjoyed herself immensely. This is a great title for the geographically-inclined youngster, and a great way to inspire a wider understanding of cultures and nationals outside our own. Overall, we really liked it! Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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