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The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid 2

47 Countries, 100 Extraordinary Places to Visit

by Dylan ThurasRosemary Mosco and Joy Ang

Hardback Publication Date: 16/10/2018

5/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $24.25

Calling all curious kids! It’s time to pack your bags and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Created by the same team behind Atlas Obscura, the #1 New York Times bestseller that has over 600,000 copies in print in its first year, The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid is a thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 of the world’s most mysterious and mesmerising places.

The hottest place on earth, and the coldest. Lava lakes and the otherworldly Blood Falls of Antarctica. An underwater spaceship graveyard and a museum of dancing mummies. As compelling as the destinations is the way the book unfolds. Imagine the world’s most ingenious tour guide working with an unlimited budget, and this is the journey you’d take: hopscotching from country to country in a daisy chain of connecting attractions.

For example, visit the site of a mysterious meteor crash in Siberia, then turn the page and learn about one in the Yucatán. While in Mexico, visit the fantastical crystal caves, and then turn the page to find yourself in another massive cave, this time in Vietnam.

Illustrated in gorgeous and appropriately evocative full-spread watercolours, this book is a passport to a world of hidden possibilities.

True stories (Children's / Teenage)
Publication Date:
Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated
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United States
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Dylan Thuras

Dylan Thuras is the co-founder and creative director of Atlas Obscura.

Rosemary Mosco

Rosemary Mosco is a science writer and artist. She is the author of the science webcomic Bird and Moon ( and makes the urban nature webcomic Your Wild City ( with Maris Wicks. Science Comics: Solar System is her first graphic novel with First Second.

Joy Ang

Joy Ang is the illustrator of I Will Not Read This Book and has worked in both the comic and gaming industries.

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  • Many Bucket List Items Added Courtesy of This Book

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    Did you know that the marvellous word ‘chocolate’ came from Mexico’s Aztec language?

    Can you imagine living in Mongolia and having someone bring a library to you on the back of a camel?

    Whether you want to swim in a lake full of jellyfish, enjoy a swing ride in a cooling tower that’s part of an amusement park in the grounds of a nuclear power plant or take a zip line to school, this book has got you covered.

    Because of my love for all things weird and wonderful I particularly enjoyed reading the obscure facts about each country you visit in this book. My favourite was “Iceland has the world’s only school dedicated to the study of elves.”

    Although this book has added many experiences to my Bucket List, topping it is a visit (or maybe several hundred) to Coromoto’s Ice Cream Shop in Mérida, Venezuela. “About 60 of the 900 varieties are on sale at any given time.” I’m not sure whether I’d actually enjoy spaghetti flavoured ice cream, but I’d love to be able to say I tried it.

    Next you’ll find me in an Austrian library. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (the Austrian National Library) in Vienna has secret passages hidden behind bookcases! I don’t need any more information to sell me on this destination.

    The writing style in this book felt like I was listening to a tour guide. At times I can find writing that directly addresses the reader annoying but it worked for me here. I can imagine a young reader trying to picture ten million shrieking bats flying above them in Zambia, then feeling reassured that they’re not on the menu because these bats only eat fruit.

    Using size comparisons with objects kids are already familiar with was a great choice. It’s much easier to imagine how huge a blue whale is when you discover it’s longer than two city buses. There’s a good blend of history, culture, geography and mythology in this collection of interesting and quirky destinations.

    Joy Ang’s cover illustration was one of the things that drew me to this book in the first place and I really liked the details she incorporated and the different perspectives shown; sometimes I felt I was standing looking across a vista and other times I was granted a bird’s eye view. While I enjoyed seeing all of the people and animals illustrated, some landscapes felt unfinished, e.g., Antarctica’s Blood Falls looked blurry and not that interesting to me, whereas photos of this location made me want to visit. If I read this book with a child I’m sure we’d be Googling photos of each of the locations to continue our exploration.

    I managed to snag ‘Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders’ on Kindle when it was recently discounted and am even more interested in reading it now.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for the opportunity to read this book. I’m rounding up from 4.5 stars.

  • Great book

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    Interesting book full of exciting places and facts