Big City Atlas by Maggie Li ~ #NonFiction #PictureBook #Review ~ @mmaggieli @PavilionKidsBks

At a time when many of us find ourselves unable to travel freely, as we tackle this global pandemic, I was delighted to make the acquaintance of a globetrotting penguin in this gorgeously illustrated guide to 28 of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities in Big City Atlas by Maggie Li.

Big City Atlas by Maggie Li Pavilion Books
Big City Atlas by Maggie Li, Pavilion Books

Little E and I loved spotting Penguin on each page, as he travelled from city to city.

Big City Atlas by Maggie Li Pavilion Books World Map Contents Page
Big City Atlas by Maggie Li Contents Page World Map

Having grown up in London, it was a joy to see many of my favourite childhood excursions and learn some great fun facts about how the city was built. And I was glad to see Pie and Mash made an appearance too!

Big City Atlas by Maggie Li Pavilion Books - London
Big City Atlas by Maggie Li – London

I absolutely loved my time in New Zealand, and it was great showing Little E Auckland. Maggie has paid so much attention to the detail of the region and the important cultural references as well as the iconic landmarks.

Big City Atlas by Maggie Li Pavilion Books Auckland
Big City Atlas by Maggie Li – Auckland

Maggie’s illustration of the Maori people’s canoes (wakas) and meeting place (marae) took me right back to when I visited Waitangi in Northland.

Maori Canoes Wakas in Waitangi Northland New Zealand
Maori canoes (Wakas) in Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand ©Rachael Davis

Maggie has found a great balance between old and new, facts and fun, and most importantly the little details that people from the city appreciate. Big City Atlas is a book Little E and Little F will cherish for years and years.

You can buy here

Publisher: Pavilion Children’s Books
Publication date:
11 June 2020
ISBN: 978-1843654599

 

I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion. 

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