Friday, 25 July 2014

Maps Activity Book by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski (Big Picture Press)

Maps Activity Book

Written by Aleksandra Mizielinska

Illustrated by Daniel Mizielinski

Published by Big Picture Press

When we were lucky enough to see some previews of Big Picture Press's initial run of titles, we knew "Maps" was going to become a modern classic. Mizielinska and Mizielinski, already legendary in other territories, exploded onto the children's book scene in the UK thanks to Big Picture Press picking up several of their titles for publishing. Though we never got to see a finished copy of Maps (just a preview, awww) we've been spending a lot of time over the last couple of weeks with the Maps Activity Book.

When we're about to go on holiday, we are always on the hunt for a good selection of books that Charlotte can busy herself with for hours - for those times when the rain's hammering down and we're stuck in our cottage, or just for moments when daddy's cooking or mummy's packing things for a day out.

The Maps Activity Book is utterly brilliant for this, and also keeps children ticking over nicely while on the long school vacation away from all that brain-boxing and learning. Most of all, it's an immense amount of fun, created in the trademark style of Mizielinska and Mizielinski and literally fizzing with detail and engagement on so many levels.

Inside the Maps Activity Book you'll find the perfect companion to the original Maps book, with a ton of superb puzzles, brilliant illustrations and plenty for kids to draw, write, make and do. Pages can be torn out or kept in the book (tearing pages out of such an attractive book seems tantamount to treason, let alone letting kids scribble in it but that really is what it's made for :)

Like the original, this is truly stunning stuff as we've come to expect from Mizielinska and Mizielinski and of course from Big Picture Press. Fabulous!

Charlotte's best bit: Drawing a detailed Amazon scene full of plants and animals with all her best colouring pencils

Daddy's Favourite bit: Brilliantly compiled and illustrated, offering hour after hour of engagement, activity and challenge in a nice format size for packing into your Trunki for going away. Another belter from BPP!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Big Picture Press)