My lad is really enjoying reading through non-fiction books as part of his required reading time. He’s not a huge reader (as videos are totally his thing). I like to cultivate his ability to read by giving him interesting books he might not otherwise consider. Around the World in 50 Ways is one book I gave him to read.
In Around the World in 50 Ways, you are to get ready to take a trip. You start in London, England and are invited to take a train, a bus or a boat…where will your adventures take you?
Will you end up in Kolkata? Or perhaps Toronto? What about Sydney or Victoria or even Havana? 50 different ways to travel, will you continue your journey or hit a dead end?
What do you do when it comes to a dead end?
You start your adventure all over again. Right back to the beginning planning a different trip around the world, maybe this time you’ll take in a canoe ride, or go on a gondola, a camel anyone? Along the way you’ll learn interesting tidbits about the cities/countries you are visiting.
Around the world in 50 ways is a choose-your-own travel adventure book. The reader makes a choice about which trip option they want to take to get from point a to point b. The full colour illustrations are filled with details about the location, from the shape of an island to the canals of Venice. The question is always presented “where next?” The choice in the hands of the beholder.
The Lad’s Thoughts:
“It was okay. I liked learning about all the different places in the world. I liked doing the adventures. But I really just wanted to learn about all the places in the world. I recommend that you do the adventures 3 or 4 times, and then just read it like an ordinary book.”
I liked the variety of places visited, there wasn’t a continent not visited as far as I could tell. My lad just came in and said loudly “I visited everywhere!” So there you go. He liked that he got a chance to see glimpses all around the world. No one country was favoured over another. There was good variety in transportation, though admittedly most visits were done via plane (how else are you going to cross large bodies of water quickly?).
Around the World in 50 Ways Dan Smith, author Frances Castle, illustrator Lonely Planet Kids Flexibound, 164 pages, 9-12 Series: Choose your own travel adventure Geography, middle school, travel, Reviewed for Raincoast books. Where to purchase: Amazon Link.