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Lonely Planet Not-For-Parents The Travel Book
by Michael Dubois and Katri Hilden and Jane Price

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"Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*"

Shortlisted in the 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards in the Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) category.

Cool stuff to know about every country in the world.  Read more...

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"Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*"

Shortlisted in the 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards in the Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) category.

Cool stuff to know about every country in the world. Everyone knows which is the world's highest mountain, but do you know which country banned chewing gum? Or what's the world's stinkiest fruit? Or who invented roller skates? Or which building leans more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Or where can you eat fried spiders as a snack? Here at Lonely Planet we decided to make a book about the world's countries for children, not parents.

The world is a very big place, and in The Not-for-Parents Travel Book we've concentrated on the really interesting bits to create a snapshot of what each country is like. (Warning to parents: these might not be the same "really interesting bits" that you like...where to buy coffee, how many stars the hotel has, what's the phone number for the airport, blah, blah, blah.)

In this book are the epic events, amazing animals, hideous histories, funky foods, and crazy facts that make the world's 200 countries so fascinating. Each country has a page to itself-so tiny Tuvalu gets as much space as superpower USA.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, children's books, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

"TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category"

"'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times"

"'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia) "

"*#1 in the world market share - source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013"

  • ISBN-13: 9781742208145
  • ISBN-10: 1742208142
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 207
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Series: Lonely Planet Not for Parents Travel Book

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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Travel

BookPage Reviews

Books for the budding traveler

Robert Reid is the U.S. Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. In a column written exclusively for BookPage, he highlights terrific travel books, both old and new. This month, he selects some of the best books on the classic road trip.

The best thing a family can do when planning a trip is to include the kids right from the start. Make the whole process of picking a destination, finding places to stay, booking flights or plotting highway routes a family activity. At 10, I got to plan a short ski trip—our first—and I chose an empty summer lodge with staff that wasn’t sure why we were there. Still, it ended up being one of the most memorable trips we ever had.

I’ve always believed that the travel bug begins by just looking at maps. For a creative approach to map-making, check out Katharine Harmon’s imaginative The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography. Another great way to get the whole family involved is to pin up a map, like Michelin’s laminated USA wall map, on a family room wall and let everyone tape notes where they want to go most, then rate best/funniest/worst moment on the map after a trip.

For young readers, there are plenty of books to help inspire curiosity in the world and keep them entertained on the road. Lonely Planet’s new Not For Parents series is perfect for the budding traveler, with cartoon-based overviews of the featured cities (New York, London, Paris and Rome), along with quirky facts about familiar places (how the Roman Colosseum was first used, why you should never say “piece of pizza” in New York). For a bigger picture, the addictively browsable Not for Parents Travel Book covers the whole world. If the kids think your guidebooks are boring, try these and see if their tune changes.

Little ones might also enjoy the classic globe-trotting adventures of Tintin, particularly now that it’s been made into a popular movie. Older comic fans should consider Québécois comic-book artist Guy Delisle, who has published a series of superb travel-based books, including his latest, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City.

A fun book to help inspire teens (and adults) is Keri Smith’s playful How to Be an Explorer of the World, filled with hand-drawn tips and ideas on how to collect things in your daily life and on the road, and create a “life museum” with your finds. It shares some of the great universal truths about travel: No place is boring, and there’s more than one way to explore.

Robert Reid is Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor and always has at least one big map pinned to the wall.

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