Review: Lonely Planet World Search Books for kids

by admin on March 4, 2014

It’s World Book Day on Friday. At Tanglin Trust School, children are being encouraged to dress up as characters from their favourite books – all for a good cause – to raise money for Book Aid International. Miss C wants to go as Little Red Riding Hood (if I can only find a hoaded cloak). The school is even attempting a world record for the largest gathering of story book characters.

Lonely Planet World Search books for kids

Speaking of World Book Day…I recently found out about the new children’s book series that has just launched from Lonely Planet.

I used to rely on Lonely Planet guides as a backpacker years ago and still find them a very useful and trustworthy source of information when planning my trips. As a travel writer, I’m keen to instill a love of travel in my children so I was very excited when I heard about these Lonely Plant World Search books, which aim to introduce a new generation of future travellers to the wider world.

There are three titles:

The idea behind these hard back books is to help children explore places, people and cultures. They are aimed for five year olds and up, so Miss C at age six is at the perfect age to read them.


Each one is filled with 50 sturdy flaps which reveal interesting facts; there are also various search and find activities on each page and at the back; and there are stickers too.


The verdict: 5/5

These big, chunky books are fabulous. Miss C is a bit of a Where’s Wally fiend so these books were right up her street. She loved the busy pages and enjoyed the search-and-find activities. She has gone back to them again and again. Even my two year old loved lifting up the flaps to look at the pictures underneath and they were sturdy enough to prevent her from destroying them.

The books are interactive and informative in a fun way. The facts are cleverly written to appeal to children. I enjoyed reading them and think they do a great job of teaching children about the world (although I do think it’s a shame London isn’t included in the Busy Places book). They are definitely books you can go back to over and over.

These Lonely Planet World Search books are £9.99 each and you can buy them from Amazon. Please click on the links and you will be taken straight to the books on the UK site.

World Search - Amazing Jobs (Lonely Planet Children's Publishing)Busy Places:  World Search - Amazing Jobs (Lonely Planet Children's Publishing)Amazing Jobs World Search - Incredible Animals (Lonely Planet Children's Publishing)Incredible Animals

Disclosure: The books were given to me by Lonely Planet as I was keen to review them.








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Nicola March 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm

These look fantastic! I’m a huge lP fan so these would be a great thing to share with the kids… My 4yo is going as Alice in Wonderland to Book Day (only after I convinced her she couldn’t go as Elsa from Frozen as she hadn’t read the book)

admin March 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Definitely worth getting.

You’re not allowed to dress up as anything that wasn’t in a book first at Tanglin. Alice in Wonderland is a great idea!

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