Letting the Kids Explore With Lonely Planet Kids – Review

My kids love books, they love reading stories and learning about things. They always love the books they get from Lonely Planet Kids and learning about the world around them.

We were sent three Lonely Planet Kids Let’s Explore books which my kids enjoyed during the last school break.

The books we received were;
Let’s Explore Desert
Let’s Explore Mountain
Let’s Explore City

First Expressions

The paperback books have 48 pages and 6 pages of stickers. 
The pages are full of fun and activities and the illustrations are great. The kids were really excited to receive the books and get on with the activities.


Suitable for readers 5+ these books will appeal to younger and older children. The story is told in short paragraphs on large pages full of colour and activity. All my children, ages 6, 9 and 11 years enjoyed the story and were able to read unaided.

The Story

Each book is about two characters, Marco, who is fascinated by maps, and Amelia, who loves technology and gadgets. They travel all around the world through cities, up mountains and across deserts. Solving problems and learning about the places they visit along with their young readers. 
In Let’s Explore Desert they ride on camels across the wide dusty desert and get to travel along the river Nile. They also discover dinosaur fossils and camp out under the stars.
In Let’s Explore Mountain, Marco and Amelia get to ski in the Alps and ride around Montana’s Rocky Mountain taking in the serene Swift current Lake.They also climb to the top of Mount Everest and ride a train through the Himalayas. 
In Let’s Explore City, they visit many cities and have adventures in New York, Paris and Sydney to name a few. 

The Verdict

At just £5.99 I think these books are worth the cost, they are jam packed with activities to keep kids happy and learning. I love my kids to learn about other places in the world. There are more than 250 stickers in each book and lots of pages to decorate with them. There are also many puzzles like word, searches and also colouring pages to complete. My kids were occupied for over an hour and they still went back later to complete some more.
To see the rest of the Lonely Planet Kids books please check out their website.

Disclosure: We were sent the books to review in return for our honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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  1. optrixxaris1
    March 7, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Lonely Planet are fantastic we met up with them at the Travel Show last year and got a book and a pack of cards from them. #mmbc

  2. March 8, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    yes, I spoke to them at a blog conference and we have loads of their books. We don't really get to travel very much because of disabilities, but I still want my kids to learn about other countries.

  3. debsrandomwritings
    March 10, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Hi Anne, I'm sure I used to watch Lonely Planet years ago, it was a rough travel guide and the chap on it a right character. These books sound fab. Anything that teaches children about the world beyond their doorstep is fantastic, the more colourful and fun the better.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC

  4. suzanna
    March 11, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    These look lovely. My grandchildren might be a bit young for them atm but I'll keep them in mind for the future.

  5. shazjera
    March 11, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Love, love, LOVE these. Mine would have really enjoyed these Anne. I'm thinking I might buy out of my budget for school (I mean for the school children!).

    Thanks for linking #ToTT

  6. March 13, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Lonely Planet Books are full of amazing facts, I love the covers of these books. Very inviting :o)


  7. chantelle hazelden
    March 13, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Love the look of these, the stickers would immediately draw my kids in! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

  8. sarahmo3w
    March 14, 2017 / 11:40 am

    These sound really good. I'm sure my niece would find them interesting in a year or two. It's great that one of the characters uses maps and one uses technology – kids need to learn about the old-fashioned ways of doing things for when the technology lets them down!

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