Write a Review Wednesday: The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Groundwood BooksPetit, the Monster (age 2-5 ). This week we’re looking non-fiction with DK‘s The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever (age 8-17 ), by The Brainwaves and illustrated by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. I have to thank Chris at DK Canada for my review copy.


It seems as soon as your kids are old enough to talk the questions start: What’s that? Why do cats have tails? Where do babies come from? As parents we seem to spend a lot of time answering (or sometimes distracting the kids so we don’t have to answer) their unending questions.

When they get older the questions and a child’s inquisitive nature doesn’t change but lucky as our kids discover the joy of reading they can answer some of these questions on their own. DK Canada offers a number of great fiction books that are both informative and entertaining at the same time. The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever by the Brainwaves is one such book.

In this book the Brainwaves are these little cartoon like characters that take you on a journey, in this case through the world rediscovering the world of exploration and their explorers. The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever takes you on a journey through the North Passage, sets sail with Chinese explorers, climbs up Mountain Peaks and dives into Ocean Depths.

Instead of being hit with a large Encyclopedia page of text, readers are given quick explanations, facts and tidbits interspersed among colourful cartoon-like illustrations. Even the page layouts make discovering facts fun: Turn the book up one way to read about North Pole exploration and then flip it around to discover the South Pole or cross a bridge between the New World Market and Old.

My 8-year-old daughter enjoyed reading this book, especially the little dialog bubbles from the book characters. Even my 5-year-old and 3-year-old enjoyed looking at the pages and an overview of exploration (meaning I didn’t read it word for word but pulled out a few interesting lines or paragraphs). Although the book is very graphic and appealing to a younger audience the actual information is ideal for the 8 and older crowd.

The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever is great for a child that is full of questions or has a keen interest on explorers or exploration. There are other titles available in this series: The Most Explosive Science Book  in the Universe, How the Incredible Body Works, The Most Fantastic Atlas of the Whole World,and Greatest Intergalactic Guide to Space Ever. There’s even a similar series aimed at the younger 5-10 crowd: Little Brainwaves Investigate Animals and Little Brainwaves Investigate the Human Body.

You can add a copy of The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever to your personal library by visiting your local independent bookstore or DK Canada. You might also enjoy reading our review on DK Canada‘s Pick Me Up and Open Me Up. For other great book suggestions for kids, checkout past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

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