(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Since I was given the opportunity to read one of the other books in this series with my niece, I did the same with this one.
It was good to note that the style was the same as the previous book I read. I liked the fact that the book addressed the reader directly and it was also good to see the pronunciations given for some of the words.
My niece was engaged while we were reading the book and enjoyed being asked some of the questions, though I think it would have been good to have some more details. She did like being able to learn some of the Italian words and there was quite a bit of information in the book that I myself hadn’t known.
I thought that the use of the pictures worked really well, although some of the pictures did make a few of the guesses obvious. Since there weren’t any answers in the back, though, I felt that worked particularly well.
It was good to be able to see something of the food people would eat in Italy and I found myself curious to try some of it… although there was other food mentioned I didn’t think I’d find so appetising.
There’s quite obviously been a lot of research gone into this book and although it’s probably a bit too juvenile for my niece, she still enjoyed being able to read it with me.
The book was good enough that I’d like to also read it with my nephew when he’s a little bit older. I felt the author did a really good job of sparking an interest in learning more about Italy. There were a lot of interesting facts and it’s a really good series of books. I think there could be some more information involved, but it works as a really good introduction with writing and pictures that engaged my niece and I felt it was written well.
I think that, in the future, it would be good to share other books in this series with my niece and my nephew, so that they can both get to know more details about other countries around the world and learn about more than just local places.