The Fiction Fox
A Children's Atlas review and a small update...
Today, I bring you a short-form childrens non-fiction review, as well as a little update. You will not yet have noticed too much, as I’ve had a few posts planned in advance, but I haven’t been reading or writing reviews as consistently for the past few weeks. In short; I’ve had a massive set-back in physical health, and I haven’t been quite myself because of it. Reading physical books has been a struggle, and although audiobooks have been a life-saver I still find that I’m not enjoying myself as much as I usually would. I’m hoping to drag myself out of this rut soon, but please excuse any impromptu hiatuses that might occur.
Without further ado, let’s get into the one thing that I have enjoyed reading this month: the illustrated Atlas of Lost Kingdoms, which I binge-read with my 7-year old niece.
Review: An Atlas of Lost Kingdoms - Emily Hawkins
Genre: Childrens Non-fiction
Published: Quanto Publishing Group, October 2022 My rating: 5/5 stars
I went through Emily Hawkins Atlas of Ocean Adventures with my nephew and niece last year and they absolutely adored it. With its beautiful illustrations and adventurous undertone, this made learning about the ocean so much fun for them. I loved seeing their enthusiasm and curiosity, but I have to say that as the adult reading with them, I didn’t get too much out of Ocean Adventures myself.
Atlas of Lost Kingdoms was an entirely different story; not only did they love it, I had a blast as well. It helps that I’m a sucker for mythology and lost-world-stories already, but even I learned of some legend I hadn’t heard of before. Discover the fantastical stories behind the relatively well-known golden city of El Dorado, or the more obscure Australian ancestral Baralku; the island of the dead. All accompanied by beautiful illustrations of course, this time by Lauren Mark Bando.
If you’re looking for a book to spark your kids curiosity and imagination whilst teaching them something about mythology along the way, or if you yourself want to feel like a mythical explorer for a bit: this book will be your atlas along the way. Kids-approved by my niece who is eagerly awaiting the hardback physical copy. Adult-approved by me, who hopes many parents and caregivers will share this experience with their kids.
Many thanks to Quanto Publishing Group and their Wide-Eyed Division for providing me/us with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and of course my niece's! You can find this book here on Goodreads.