Wild Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the Natural World

The Experiment. Nov. 2022. 208p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781615198924.
Gr 7 Up–Trivia junkies and statistics lovers will enjoy this atlas that provides unusual but information about the world. Many of the maps serve to illustrate context, e.g., all the people who ever lived can fit into the toe of Italy’s boot. Other interesting tidbits include where giant pandas are found, which nations are landlocked, where the world’s cat owners live, and which countries are at greatest risk for rising seas. Color coding, representing numbers, is used to delineate nations in each map, but names are not provided. A list of the sources the author used is included. Many readers will find the maps extremely engrossing, especially if they recognize the countries by shape and location; some may need another basic atlas to aid with country names. Much information in this volume, especially on climate change, will be useful for reports.
VERDICT Curious minds will find themselves informed and entertained by this book. Selectors in middle and high school libraries should consider.

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