Slow Adventures: Enjoy Every Moment: 40 Real-Life Journeys by Boat, Bike, Foot, and Train

Magic Cat. May 2024. 96p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781419771323.
Gr 3-7–This informational text attempts to provide enticing albeit calming travel facts of somewhat off-the-beaten-path locations throughout the world. The table of contents reveals that entries are organized by different travel modalities: by foot, bike, boat, and train. The journeys cover many different countries and cultures of the world, inviting readers through chapter headings to “Get a Bird’s-Eye View of the Nyungwe Rainforest” and “Lose Track of Time on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.” Each entry is a spread of drawings and text that describe the travel modalities and provide location facts, embellished by soft pencil and digital color images of families enjoying the excursion. The art style is somewhat cartoony and stylized, but elements of realism convey the exploratory tone. Colors are muted and emphasize the deliberate pace of slow travel and tranquility. Young readers may find the organization and content appealing for accessing introductory information, and the book does contain engaging facts that will encourage mindful travel. However, older students seeking accessible information for research or realistic images may struggle to use the book effectively.
VERDICT With the format leaning more explorative and “surfable” than research-focused, this book may need some handselling to find the right audience. An additional purchase.

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