Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Planet Explorer Book Reviews

I recently began reviewing books for BookPleasures and my second assignment was this series of travel guidebooks geared toward children. The author has written several and I offered to review the ones she wrote for Chicago, New York City, and Walt Disney World. The reviews are below and, while the books are suggested for 8-12 year olds, I would say that I think anyone with kids over the age of four or five could find a vast array of vital information in these books. Here goes:

Planet Explorers Walt Disney World: A Guidebook for Kids

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, this is the perfect companion for your travels. The sheer size of this massive amusement park can make it overwhelming to navigate, but Laura Schaefer’s guidebook breaks it down in a fun, easy-to-read style.

The park is organized in to different areas in this book, each with its own list of restaurants, rides and attractions. Schaefer offers a wealth of good information about each ride, having devised a way to catalog them for kids of all ages (S=scary, D=dark, A=awesome, T=thrilling, W=wet). She also posts height restrictions so you can skip the ones your kids are too small to ride without much drama.

Each section also highlights fun facts like when certain attractions were built or if there are renovations or new rides being planned. There are tips on when to go do certain things or how to find characters roaming around the park.

The illustrations and photos, maps and fun facts are a fantastic complement to the vast amount of information packed in to this book. Most of the sections contain hyperlinks to things they might want to know more about like Bill Nye the Science Guy or the Samurai swords.

This book is a great way to help plan your trip through the park and come to an appreciation of the work that goes in to maintaining a place like Walt Disney World.

Links to the other two reviews are here for NYC and here for Chicago. The books all follow a similar format, so the reviews are quite similar as well. That being said, if you are planning a family vacation anytime soon, Laura has written Planet Explorer books for Disneyland, Disney cruises and Philadelphia as well as the three I reviewed. Do yourself a favor and find one that fits your travel needs.



4 comments:

mamawolfe said...

Thanks for the info-I'm a mom with kids who loves to travel!
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Astra said...

Thanks for sharing! I, too, like to travel with my family. Any of these for Boston, yet?

Dee Ready said...

Dear Kari,
Thanks for this review. I'm going to send your link to a friend who has two boys, ages 8 and 10. They are going to Disney World and I'm sure she will appreciate your helpful review and will get hold of the book.

By the way, I've been trying to cease multi-tasking. It's a hit and miss thing but I think of you each time I realize that my mind is going in ten directions at a time while I unload the dishwasher and wipe the sink and mop up the splotches on the floor and hear the teakettle whistle its summons to pour its contents over the tea leaves!

Peace.

Brenda said...

I have been dragging my kids around since they joined me ..It's easier for me now that they are older, but I am always looking for new places.

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