Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Review - Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

About the Book

It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

My Take on the Book
This was a book that I was excited to give to my daughter as she loves to learn about the world around her. This book has so much information packed into its' pages. The book is set up with a great table of contents that will walk you through all of the information. Throughout the book you will find that the images draw you into the book and is visually amazing. As my daughter read through the book she would bring the book to me and show me different parts of the book saying how much she loved the information she was learning. I can attest that this is the type of book that I love to have her read because of the amount of information that is here that really did help her learn while she was having fun doing it.

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