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Maggie Li is a freelance illustrator working in London since she graduated from Kingston University in 2010. She is the Art Director of popular magazine, OKIDO and other clients include The Big Issue, Time Out, Flamingo magazine and Conde Nast Traveller. Maggie is part of the increasingly popular Zombie Collective and recently took part in the Fathom's Deep exhibition at the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank. Maggie particularly likes working with maps and old travelling ephemera.
A globetrotting Penguin is the young reader’s tour guide as they explore the world and broadening a child’s horizons has never seemed more meaningful or relevant. 28 cities are explored within these pages- each city having its own double page spread. There has a been a commendable effort too, to ensure a good global spread of locations and cultures. Children will love pouring over the detail of the map and images of famous landmarks, museums and galleries and examples of food and culture which really bring the city alive and give a flavour of its history and development. The pages are colourful, but the soft tones mean that the pages do not appear too busy and the clever design and judicious use of text boxes does not overwhelm the reader. Each city has a basic fact box detailing the country, language, currency and population which makes for interesting comparisons. Young readers will also particularly enjoy the fun quizzes and games to test their knowledge and understanding. A valuable addition to classroom collections.
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives’ readers can explore the world of dinosaurs and pick up a great deal of information: colourful pages explain how dinosaur fossils are formed, illustrate the different periods, and demonstrated the size of dinosaurs using a sketch of a bus to provide perspective. Even the most dedicated students of palaeontology will discover things they didn’t know while this is accessible and intriguing enough to capture the interest of all readers. In tune with the detective theme it comes with its own magnifying glass too. ~ Andrea Reece
June 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month This fact-packed guide to the human body will encourage children to think more about how their body works. It starts with a maze, a good way of demonstrating that the book is about finding things out yourself. Sure enough, in bright, busy spreads, each one dedicated to a different part of the body – muscles, brain, organs etc. – as well as diagrams and information boxes there are questions for the reader and experiments to try out. The book comes with a little magnifying glass too, a fun way of encouraging study of the diagrams, while an activity page at the back suggests that the reader use it on themselves for a real close up on the amazing body.
April 2014 Book of the Month Search high and low to discover interesting facts, track down odd information and dispel myths about the insect world. This interactive illustrated approach to nature guides suitable for 5 years upwards is packed full of amazing information and fun illustrations for children to pore over. A handy magnifying glass is provided to help you investigate the hidden details within each spread - there are over 100 little extras waiting to be found. It is a fun and informative insight into the world of the smallest critters and their private lives. No leaf is left unturned. And, once you've searched and found everything in the book why not turn your hand to the garden or even the corners and crevices in the rooms in your house - how many creepy crawlies can you find and then you can match them up to those in Bug Detective.