The Cities Book (Lonely Planet Kids)

by Lonely Planet Kids (Author) Livi Gosling (Illustrator)

The Cities Book (Lonely Planet Kids)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Do you know where in the world you can buy drinkable gold; why an 'elephant's foot' is one of the most dangerous objects in the world; or where you might have to swim to school? Discover the answers to these questions and loads more mind-blowing facts in The Cities Book, where readers aged 8+ are taken on an incredible world tour through 86 of the world's greatest cities.

Sister title to the bestselling The Travel Bookevery page is packed with facts on city living, and gives kids a flavour of what it's like to grow up in each place featured. From food and festivals, to awesome architecture and amazing history - there's something for everyone. A mix of wow photography, beautiful illustrations and hand drawn maps bring each page to life. It's the perfect gift for curious kids everywhere.


  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Vancouver
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • Nashville
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC
  • Miami
  • Havana
  • Kingston
  • Mexico City
  • Oaxaca City
  • La Paz
  • Cartagena
  • Manaus
  • Rio de Janiero
  • Cuzco
  • Buenos Aires
  • Ushuaia
  • Reykjavik
  • Tromso
  • Stockholm
  • Copenhagen
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Dublin
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Krakow
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Moscow
  • Pripyat
  • Istanbul
  • Athens
  • Rome
  • Vatican City
  • Venice
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Lisbon
  • Marrakesh
  • Cairo
  • Timbuktu
  • Dakar
  • Addis Ababa
  • Nairobi
  • Zanzibar Town
  • Cape Town
  • Jerusalem
  • Mecca
  • Dubai
  • Samarkand
  • Mumbai
  • Varanasi
  • Thimphu
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Hong Kong
  • Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Hanoi
  • Manila
  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Pyongyang
  • Seoul
  • Darwin
  • Perth
  • Ballarat
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Apia
  • South Tarawa

About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we're kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.

From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is.

It's going to be a big adventure - come explore!

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Publishers Weekly

This inviting guidebook introduces 86 global cities--from well-known destinations like Venice, Sydney, and Seoul to less-often covered locations including Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego and South Tarawa, capital of Kiribati in Oceania--with one or more spreads devoted to each. Casual, engaging descriptions accompany vivid photography and folk art-style illustrations, highlighting aspects of the cities' culture, history, or global influence: pages devoted to Kingston, Jamaica, touch on reggae, Rastafari, and jerk seasoning, and the Tokyo spreads discuss the Tsukiji Fish Market, sumo wrestling, and cat cafes. While the book can only hint at the complexities of each city and its heritage, this immersive reading experience paints a striking portrait of the vibrant diversity of the planet's cities. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)

Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8--Take a wild ride through 86 cities located all around the world. The journey begins with a two-page map of the world with the cities listed; readers can pick and choose which cities sound interesting to them and explore from there. The information provided is dynamic and accompanied by images and artifacts so that a mental picture of the city can be formed. Students will be captivated by the vibrant colors and photos depicting various sights, from the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles to the BMW headquarters in Munich. Additionally, for each city, there's a map that pinpoints where it is located both within its country and in the world. Elementary and middle school students will love poring over these pages. VERDICT An ideal option for browsers that's bound to rouse students' interest in geography.--April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"A fun and fact filled look at cities across the globe filled with beautiful photographs, adorable illustrations, and hand-drawn maps that are perfect for pre-vacation inspiration."—Trekaroo
Lonely Planet Kids
Joe Fullman is a freelance author based in London. Over the past 20 years, he has - by a rather neat symmetry - written and contributed to guidebooks to around 20 countries. That means he's visited an awful lot of museums - although he's always happy to fit in a couple more. In between his foreign adventures, Joe has also found time to write children's books on everything from dinosaurs and space to music and ancient history. Joe also authored Incredible Cabinet of Wonders for Lonely Planet Kids, released in October 2017.
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Guided Reading Level
Lonely Planet
Publication date
September 20, 2016
Lonely Planet Kids
BISAC categories
JNF031000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JNF038000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | General
JNF048020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Reference | Atlases
Library of Congress categories
Voyages and travels
Cities and towns

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