Too wordy

19th September 1997 at 01:00
There are, of course, well-known adult precursors for this volume, although if this is a watered-down version of one, it could have done with a little more water. The print is small and dense and a great deal of the text is delivered in extended picture or map captions with columns rarely more than four words wide. This will put off all but the most motivated child of at least 10 years old.

The maps are simple, clear and unfussy although, in truth, they do not dominate the book and one could easily forget that this is an atlas. Of around 40 double spreads only a handful focus on Europe directly, so it is cert-ainly not Eurocentric.

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