Adventures in Busy Places by Lonely Planet Kids, a book review
Traveling the world isn’t always possible, or is it? Lonely Planet, the makers of guidebooks for over 40 years, has slowly been eking its way into children’s lives through their Lonely Planet Kids imprint, inspiring a new generation to get out and explore. The development of a kid spinoff of Lonely Planet guidebooks is a natural progression for the brand, as the founders traveled extensively with their own two kids.
One of the latest series for this travel book empire is the Lonely Planet Kids Adventures in… activity and sticker books. Adventures in Busy Places, just one of three books we were sent to review in the series, highlights major cities across the globe, including London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing and Dubai. Activities include placing flags on a world map, creating sports scenes with different players, loading up your grocery bag with goods you found at the local market and coloring pages. There is even a 3D model of Big Ben you can build with your kids in the back of the book.
Adventures in Cold Places and Adventures in Wild Places follows a similar format as Adventures in Busy Places. Each book brings your child across the globe to discover regional similarities and differences, and meet the people, creatures and cuisine of each land too.
I was disappointed that the stickers couldn’t be removed so we could use the activity books over and over again, but I do think the value is still there. There is plenty to keep your kids entertained on a road trip or at home. You will need to do this book with younger children though. There is a lot of reading and instructions, but honestly, I had just as much fun as my 3- and 5-year-old boys going through these books. We learned a lot about our planet and it has fueled our desire to go to even more places. Yes, even the cold ones, even though I hate to be cold. There are some pretty amazing creatures in colder climates! Thankfully we didn’t use all of the stickers up so we will be packing these books for our next road trip. Fingers crossed they will entertain even if I can’t read every word and direction to the kids from the front seat as I drive.
Publisher’s Synopsis: This new sticker activity series for kids aged 3 and up shows kids the incredible sights and diverse environments of planet earth. Keep little hands busy on long journeys with these bumper books of stickers that mix amazing facts about the world’s coolest places with great photos and illustrations, plus a small dose of humour.
Title: Adventures in Busy Places
Author: Lonely Planet Kids
Publisher: Lonely Planet, 1st Edition
Publication Date: November 1, 2014, $9.99 paperback
For ages: 3-7 year olds