Lonely Planet Kids Explores The Greatest Cities

Posted on December 12th, 2016

Every so often there comes a long a series of books you think are really on to something. When I opened up my copy of ‘The Cities Book’ from lonely planet Kids this is just what I felt. From the cover alone the book feel substantial, interesting and compelling. The clever use of colour and imagery suggest an educational nonfiction book, almost encyclopaedia like in style for growing kids with a curious mind about the world around them. Immediately I felt positive for what would be inside.

Front of The Cities Book

The cities Book from Lonely Planet Kids

Do you know where in the world you can buy drinkable gold; why an ‘elephant’s foot’ is one of the most dangerous objects in the world; or where you might have to swim to school? Discover the answers to these questions and loads more mind-blowing facts in The Cities Book, where children are taken on an amazing tour through 86 of the world’s greatest cities. 

Mecca and Amsterdam in The Cities Book

Covering a host of incredible cities, from Auckland, Běijīng and Copenhagen all the way through to Zanzibar Town, every page is packed with a little insight into the culture and way of life in each city visited. Interesting facts on city living and short descriptions give children a taste of what it’s like to grow up in each place. From food and festivals, to awesome architecture and amazing history, there’s something that will appeal to every child. Find out where you might come across a poisonous boomslang; which city hosts a famous goat derby and which metropolis has such a transport system so hectic that ‘train stuffers’ have to help passengers aboard.

More exciting places in The Cities Book

Where Lonely planet Kids do so well is in bringing these fun facts to life with a mix of eye catching photography, beautiful illustrations and hand drawn maps that make you want to read each page to find out more.

What my kids said

The cities book is aimed at age 8 plus, I would say this is about right for assisted reading; however the content is so good that I gave it to my 12 year olds to read. The mix of content and my country bumpkin kids, who have hardly seen city life in the UK never mind abroad, meant they had plenty to learn from looking through and discussing the book together.

Guy Jed and Clio reading The Cities Book

I’d like to bump into some film stars in Los Angeles

 – Clio

How can Jerusalem be the Capital of 2 Countries?

 – Guy

Death Road in Bolivia would make a great location for fliming Top Gear

 – Jed


The book has broadened their horizons brought up some thought provoking questions and given them a desire to travel themselves one day. At just £14.99 we feel it is good value for money and a perfect way to make education fun.

Win your copy of Lonely Planet Kids: The cities Book

Win your own copy of The Cities Book

If you would like to win a copy of the cities Book from Lonely Planet Kids just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Lonely Planet Kids: The Cities Book


We were given our copy for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our copy of the book can be found on our bookshelves in the Coombe Mill Games room for guests to borrow here on holiday.