review: Planet Explorers New York City

December 30, 2011

Planet Explorers New York City is full of fun facts about famous landmarks and the history of NYC. While it is written for tween tourists of the Big Apple, it can also be enjoyed by an armchair traveler to learn trivia about the city. I used it as part her geography lesson of NYC.

When asked what she thought of the book she said it was “older-ish,” which makes sense considering its intended audience—it is makes reference to popular culture and historical background that she did not get but a 10-year old probably would—and she still prefers picture books.

Still, I think the book is helpful in providing kid-friendly information, and I especially appreciated the links within the text of the guide and the list of NYC-related websites that help to explore the city further. As far as evaluating the writing style, you can get a good feel for by viewing the sample provided on Smashwords (the link above); I don’t feel that I can fairly judge this because I am not familiar with this genre of books—this is the first travel guide that I have read. I think that more pictures/images especially of maps would be helpful to get a proper view of the city—we used it along with interactive maps—but otherwise Planet Explorers New York City provides a fun look at NYC.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free to review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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