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BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

Wide Eyed Editions
September 2017
Hardcover, $27.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Activity Book / Puzzles and Brain Teasers / Children’s Non-Fiction

8.5/10

Welcome on board the Discovery Express!

The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a professor on the verge of a brilliant discovery has disappeared. Can you help to solve the clues on this time-travelling adventure and track down the missing scientist?

On your voyage, you’ll travel the world, see some of the most important moments in the history of transport, meet the most brilliant engineers of all time, and ultimately unveil the design of the world’s first jet engine! With clues to solve on every page, this interactive lift-flap adventure is sure to spark the imaginations of aspiring scientists and engineers everywhere, as you travel back in time to discover the history of transport.

 

All Aboard the Discovery Express is a fantastically designed book, full of information about the development of human transport, complete with flaps concealing information, fantastic illustrations, and a mystery to solve on every page. 

At times the information goes into such specific detail that it might lose the reader’s attention, but the layout of the book means readers can focus on the information relative to the clues they’re trying to solve without getting too lost.

The amount of information here would be ideal for a reader around twelve years old, though the decoding will appeal to kids as young as seven or eight. 

This is a handy book for learning quite a lot of information with engaging activities to keep readers from losing interest, and would be fantastic for over the holidays, as one could easily lose the better part of a day working through it on their own, but it’s definitely a fun activity to do together, as well.

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

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