The atlas explores architectural wonders, not the normal buildings that usually appear in books like these i.e. the pyramids or the Taj Mahal. The book takes a different and broader view of what is considered architecture.
Some of these include Native American plank houses in New Mexico, Stave Churches in Norway, The Djinguereber mosque in Mali, and the extraordinary 18th century wooden churches on Kizhi Island, Russia.
There are over 50 buildings and each of them are striking and capture the essence or spirit of a particular time.
The author Peter Allen, is a well-established illustrator of children’s books, whose work has been published extensively by Usborne and Walker.
The illustrations are fresh and the book has a whimsical feel about it. It’s unusual and delightful and it should definitely be on any parents list!