THE KID’S WORLD FACTBOOK: A KID’S GUIDE TO EVERY COUNTRY’S HISTORY, CLIMATE, GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS, CULTURE, LANGUAGE, AND MORE!, by Bushel & Peck Books, Bushel & Peck Books, Nov. 2, 2021, Paperback, $18.99 (ages 7-12)
What’s the capital of Portugal? What do they speak in Mozambique? Do they really eat fried tarantulas in Cambodia? Find out in The Kid’s World Factbook, the guide to EVERY country and entity in the world (over 200 of them!). The pages are packed with facts, tidbits, maps, photos, flags, and more. —Synopsis provided by Bushel & Peck Books
The Kid’s World Factbook is sort of like a paired down almanac. It’s a dense book that features black-and-white facts and maps. Though the information is digestible — both in content and font size — the maps can be a difficult to read. More often than not, the printing on the maps isn’t great, and the type is so small (each page is 9X6 inches), it’s illegible. And that’s unfortunate because other than small renderings of country flags, the maps are the only artwork included.
The minute my almost-8-year-old saw The Kid’s World Factbook she wanted it. I had to promise her she could have it as soon as I was done reviewing it. And while I’m sure she’ll enjoy it; I think it will have to be paired with other materials (an atlas) to get the most out of it.
To that end, I recommend National Geographic Kids World Atlas 6th Edition instead. It still features facts, but its larger format is better suited to geography, and it is full color throughout.