A Mind-blowing Read from Lonely Planet

When I saw I had been given this book to review I was elated. This is just the kind of book that I enjoy. I have always loved fact books, they always tell me about many of the weird and wonderful things around the world that I am not already aware of. Books like The Real Wonders of the World give me ideas for new things to see, or marvel over how they are possible or how they were made.

I opened the book and started from the very first page of information (Page 11) which was TOWERS GET TALL. It told me about all of the ridiculously enormous structures that the human race has built over the last few decades.

It showed a scale comparing the heights of different super-structures, and included future concepts in the graph. One of which was the Kingdom Tower which is planned to be built in Jeddah around 2015 – at 5250ft it will be nearly twice as tall as the Burj-Khalifa in Dubai.

It also told me some facts about the Empire State Building, which was apparently designed to look like a child’s thick pencil, took only 13 months to build, and is struck by lightning approximately 100 times a year!

TOWERS GET TALL is one of several wonderful sections in the book. Each one is just as amazing, if not more so, than the last, so picking my favourite part would be hard.

But there were two things in this book that really blew my mind. They were the Ice Hotel, and the Spring Temple.

The Spring Temple is a giant 419ft statue which sits on a hillside over Lushan, China. If you count the pedestal the statue is 502ft tall! That is precisely 1.69 times taller than the Statue of Liberty.

As for the Ice Hotel…a hotel completely made out of ice sounds impossible – but they did it in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. It melts every Spring and is rebuilt into a new design. You sleep on a bed made of ice, and the glasses are also made of ice and you must wear gloves to hold them.

So overall, this book is great in every way. It isn’t too long or too short. It gives you the right amount of facts you need to know, there’s information about things from every area, and it tells you the facts in an easy to understand, yet still informative way.

I would recommend this book for children aged around 8-14. I am 11 -very nearly 12 – and I found it fascinating.

By Cameron, December 2013

The Real Wonders of the World, £14.99, is from Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents series and introduces kids to the world’s quirkiest and most interesting sights, including the biggest sweet shops, scariest theme park rides, coolest film locations and spy HQs.


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