Dangerous places, dinosaurs, daring kids and adults – lots to learn about with these non-fiction titles.

Lonely Planet Kids The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places

Anna Brett’s The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places ($18.99, Raincoast Books, Lonely Planet Kids) is such a great book and so interesting. Think about the world’s most dangerous places (I actually didn’t know most of these) and characters Eddie and Junko will take you there, explain to you why the place is one of the deadliest on Earth, make funny jokes and offer you various danger stats. Eddie and Junko are cartoon characters, but are placed on photos of the places highlighted in this book.

I found myself reading every page in this book including the fascinating facts about the komodo dragon, who will attack and eat anything in sight including people. Apparently, their saliva is toxic. One bite and you’ll be dead within a day because the saliva causes blood poisoning and non-stop bleeding in its victim. I will not be putting in Komodo National Park in Indonesia on my places to visit.

Read my review of Lonely Planet Kids The Daredevil’s Guide to Outer Space here.

Blue, black and and white picture of an old-fashioned boat sailing on choppy seas passing by iceburgs
Journeys offers who lots of information in short bursts.

Tales of Travel and Trailblazers – Journeys

Tales of Travel and Trailblazers – Journeys ($37.50, PGC Books) looks like a picture book, but I would say it’s definitely not. It’s a thick book, likely for an older reader who wants information about the amazing and dangerous feats brave humans have taken on water (from Viking voyages to Amazon adventures); land (from Saharan sands to the wild, wild west); ice and snow (from Arctic ice to snowy summits) and man and machine (from fearless flyers to lunar landings).

There is a lot of information in this book, but it’s pretty easy to read as each adventure has a title and only a paragraph of information.

The illustrations by Chris Chalik, Dave Shephard, Jon Davis and Leo Hartas are unique and done in two tones, black and one other colour.

It’s a neat book, but the topic doesn’t interest me. I would imagine it would be a great book for an older kid who loves to learn but not realize he is doing so.

Multicultural children thinking and doing.
Children will learn they can help their world by being involved as citizens.

What Can a Citizen Do?

What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers ($21.47, Raincoast Books, Chronicle Kids) teaches children what a citizen is (any one, even a kid, which I think is really important) and what they can do – plant a tree, join a cause, right a wrong. The book reminds kids that the world is more than just themselves and is filled with people who are all different from each other, but that is OK because we can make the world a better place.

What an amazing lesson showing the power of children.

Watercolour pictures of the heads of four dinosaurs
Learn about a variety of dinosaurs in this colourful illustrated book.

The Colourful World of Dinosaurs

The Colourful World of Dinosaurs by Matt Sewell ($23.95, Raincoast Books, Princeton Architectural Press) proves I have no knowledge about dinosaurs. I did not know that a Microraptor was the size of a pigeon and had four wings. I did not know the Tyrannosaurus rex had teeth as big as the book. I did not know that there were two types of Pterodactyls with the ones in the Late Jurassic period being “not even half the size of the ptetrosaurs that lived millions of years later in the Cretaceous period” and that the Batrachognathus was “basically a head on wings” weighing only 5 1/4 ounces. Did a double take on that one.

As the title suggests, the dinosaurs are colourful, done in watercolour it looks like, and the there is lots of information about each creature that once roamed our skies, waters and lands.

A copy of these books were provided by Raincoast Books and PGC Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.