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My Library – City Atlas

October 12, 2015

I’m in heaven. City maps, illustrations, stamps. All beautifully printed in a generous book format! What more could a girl want? City Atlas, another gem from Wide Eyed Editions, invites us to go on a global adventure with 30 cities from around the world, expertly illustrated by Martin Haake and written by Georgia Cherry.

The cover alone is worth talking about. I love the matt printing and the title image is a stamp, stuck on the centre of the cover. Depicting different cities’ landmarks and cultural hotspots as stamps works a real treat and re-enforces the theme of travel and cities around the world.

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City maps are in vogue and the latest trend is curated ones. This is a similar take but with the difference of offering all information in one big atlas, a city atlas with 30 cities. Each spread invites us to find things, like the flag-waving person bidding us welcome in their native language.

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Full spread of ROME.

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Detail of the BERLIN spread.

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Detail of the MOSCOW spread.

The reader is invited to spot famous people, iconic buildings, cultural hotspots and child-friendly destinations. Every city is represented in the same way, giving us some trivia and facts, but mostly curates what to see or do with the most charming illustrations.

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Detail of the New York spread.

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Detail of the COPENHAGEN spread.

I think this is a great way of presenting city maps. There’s plenty of new information for the seasoned traveller and to the uninitiated it’s like an Alladin’s Cave. There’s a lot of creative licence when it comes to true representation within the illustrations which makes this even more alluring.

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Detail of the BUDAPEST spread.

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Detail of the TOKYO spread.

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Detail of the SYDNEY spread.

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Detail of the HONG KONG spread.

City Atlas copyright © Aurum Press Ltd 2015
Illustrations copyright © Martin Haake 2015

How gorgeous are the illustrations? Doesn’t this make learning about something so much easier and more fun? I can imagine that children and adults alike will spend hours devouring these detailed city guides and plotting many trips away. Go on, go on a global adventure!

Thank you to Wide Eyed Editions for my copy of this book.

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