How Cities Work from the Lonely Planet Kids Series

Posted on January 16th, 2017

I always know when I pick up a book from the Lonely Planet Series they are going to be age appropriate, well thought out and inspirational to young minds. As a country lover I wasn’t sure I was going to get along with a book about how cities work. However with just a peep at this creative book I could see in a flash it would appeal to children everywhere.

How Cities Work Front Cover

From what goes on underground to life behind closed doors all is revealed in this educational interactive book. Clever flaps to lift and tabs to pull are perfect for engaging children from age 5 plus and you’ll be surprised how much there is to learn along the way. The illustrations from James Gulliver Hancock are spot on for making learning fun with pages that fold out to make pictures sometimes four pages wide.

Fold out pages in How Cities Work

Book facts

  • Aimed at age 5 to 12
  • Educational and interactive
  • RSP: £8.99
  • Hardback
  • Dimensions 28.9cm x 26.3cm
  • 24 pages

Giving our ‘How cities work’ book the ultimate test

It takes a good book to draw children staying at Coombe Mill away from the farm. I offered ‘How Cities Work’ to a regular family of four coming in from feeding the animals with Farmer Nick.  The clever illustrations immediately caught their interest and they sat down for a read. To have three siblings crowd round to read, open tabs and pull out folding pages, told me this book is a winner.

Kids Reading How Cities Work

The writing is informative but the language aimed at children making it easy to read.

Win your copy of Lonely Planet Kids How Cities Work

Win a copy of How Cities Work

For your chance to win a copy of this lovely children’s book simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Lonely Planet Kids: How Cities Work


I was sent my copy of the book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own and those of the family who reviewed the book with me here on holiday. Those staying on holiday with us will find our copy to borrow in the book library here at Coombe Mill.