World Kid Lit Challenge Day 15

Today’s it’s Dominic’s birthday so he gets to choose his favourite book to share. We’re back on the beautiful non-fiction with the Atlas of Football by Clive Gifford and Tracy Worrall (Egmont).

Over to Dominic:

At the beginning I didn’t think this would be very interesting but then I started reading it and I thought it was actually really interesting. You get to learn things about the world and it is a tiny bit crazy. It tells you facts like how many toilets Wembley has – 2618! It is also a bit funny because it tells you ridiculous thing like divers were playing underwater football in a Sealife Centre in Germany. Kazan in Russia was filled with water for the diving competition and it hosts the largest TV screen in the world. I also know about women’s football in Canada as well. I enjoy flicking through the book. I have probably now read each page at least a hundred times and I think I’ve read every fact in the book now. 

We bought this one towards the end of the World Cup. Dominic had really enjoyed talking about the different teams from different parts of the world. This book has been a great companion along the way and has definitely held his interest. The book works its way around the world, each double spread focusing on a different geographical area. The text is dotted around the page in short footballing facts, interspersed with illustrations of places or people. I like the fact that it is a mixture of historical facts and current events, offering information about men’s and women’s football equally. I can imagine that this book would be particularly appealing for reluctant readers because each chunk of text is really short. You can dip in and out of the book and read just a short snippet of information every time.

Last words from Dominic: It’s an amazing book and I’d recommend it to my friends. 

Today’s books is not in translation; however, it does teach our children about the world hence why it’s on our list. We came across this one on a thread started by Rob Smith about beautiful non-fiction for kids. Introducing World of Cities by James Brown (Walker Studio).

Dominic: It is interesting because it shows you different landmarks in cities around the world and it tells you lots of facts about them. The book is nice and colourful. The writing is in different shapes, for example, in the moon, on the bus, on Big Ben. The writing on each page is different. Each page tells you how many people live in each city. Shang Hai in China is the biggest with around 24 million people.

The large-scale front cover impresses right from the start. Bold and striking, it leaps at you from the shelf. Each double spread turns 90 degrees to display stunning artwork. Each individual image could easily be used as a poster. The book covers 30 cities from around the world, including places like Sydney, Dubai, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Cape Town. As Dominic mentions above, facts are cleverly woven into each page: along the edges of the page border, under bridges, on boats, along a surf board. Dominic loves non-fiction and he has spent hours poring over this book, turning his head this way and that to read all the finer details and then sharing what he has learnt with us. This is a really special book!

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