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WONDERS OF THE WORLD by Isabel Otter & Margaux Carpentier

WONDERS OF THE WORLD takes a fascinating look at fourteen different ancient and modern ‘Marvels and Monuments’ throughout the world. This sturdy, lift the flap board book makes learning about historical monuments fun, it’s full of really interesting facts. Margaux Carpentier’s illustrations are bold and colourful and they are packed with details which give an amazing insight into each period of history.

The first double spread has a map of the world which shows us where each monument is located – there are seven ancient and seven modern monuments featured. The Ancient monuments came from a list compiled by a Greek writer called Antipater and the Modern monuments were chosen by the public in 2000. There is also an explanation about the significance of the number seven.

Each double spread shows an ancient monument on the left and a modern monument on the right. Flaps, doors and wheels between the pages give extra information about each wonder, its history and significant people. The final spread shows seven natural wonders including an amazing pop up volcano.

Ancient wonders include The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Great Wall of China and The Colosseum. We were amazed that it took The Great Wall of China nine years to build and we had no idea that there was a maze of underground tunnels and cells underneath The Colosseum. The Great Pyramid can be opened to show all the different chambers and we were particularly interested in lifting the flap to find out about Mummies!

Wonders of the World - Pyramid - Story Snug

Modern wonders include The Taj Mahal, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Machu Picchu. The illustration of The Hanging Gardens is our favourite, a mix of lush greens and blue, it’s interesting that some people don’t believe in the existence of the gardens as no trace of them has ever been found. There is so much interesting information about The Taj Mahal including how long it took to build, how many elephants helped and how it was camouflaged during World War Two.

WONDERS OF THE WORLD would make a fabulous addition to a class or school library. The sturdy flaps and pages make it a great book for all primary age children and it can be used to stimulate more research into the seven wonders of the ancient or modern world.

Author: Isabel Otter / Illustrator: Margaux Carpentier

Thank you to 360 degrees for sending us a review copy of this fascinating book.


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16 responses to “WONDERS OF THE WORLD by Isabel Otter & Margaux Carpentier”


  1. Acorn Books avatar

    This looks great, I love how the information is presented. #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m a huge fan of information being given in small chunks, I love text boxes interspersed within illustrations.


  2. Jan avatar

    This looks like a fantastic book. My youngest son loves learning about history and would find this fascinating. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! Learning about history is so much more exciting than when I was at school 🙂


  3. mumjd avatar

    This sounds a fascinating book. I think my boys would still love this even though my eldest is well over the target age. Flap books are great #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that readers of any age enjoy reading a well designed, lift the flap book 🙂


  4. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) avatar

    Love how this is highly accessible to such a wide age range! It looks utterly fascinating #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is fascinating, it’s a great coffee table book to dip in and out of 🙂


  5. BookBairn (@BookBairn) avatar

    We love this book! BookBairn is quite young for it still but she loves looking at the landmarks. #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      This is a book that can grow with her. She’ll probably be well ahead of her peers if she can just identify them 🙂


  6. sarahmo3w avatar

    I love books like this because they make learning fun and I always think I will learn something from them too!


    1. Catherine avatar

      I definitely learnt a lot but not just about the monuments I didn’t know.


  7. Carol avatar

    Sounds like a fun way to learn history. The tabs makes it fun too. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! Much more interesting than some of the history books I had at school!


  8. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar
    stickymudandbellylaughs

    What a fun way to learn all about monuments and landmarks. We have recently learned about this topic as part of our home-ed and this book would have been fab to use alongside our session.
    We used air drying clay and created some of them too.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a great weekend. x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Creating old monuments sounds like a great idea. I learnt lots from this book too, there were some monuments that I had never heard of.