The Diaries of Robin’s Travels | Kids’ Travel Books

The Diaries of Robin’s Travels | Kids’ Travel Books

The Diaries of Robin’s Travels | Kids’ Travel Books

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Take your child around the world without even getting on a plane

This last month or so we’ve been reading The Diaries of Robin’s Travels – a collection of 10 books which document the adventures Robin and his grandad have travelling the world.

One thing I’ve always loved, and I’m glad B loves,  is books. I love big books, and I cannot lie!  We have so many and reading is very much a part of our day. Travel was one of my main hobbies before having B and were it not for the fact that it has taken 6. Whole. Months to get B’s first passport, we would have set off on our travels way before we did, this Christmas.

I’m definitely that person who loves reading about the world and particularly about the places I’m going to visit or want to add to my bucket list.  And, I realise this gives away my age if you didn’t already know, but before the internet really took off (remember those days?), you could always find me with my nose in an Encarta encyclopedia.

Fast forward a few (ahem) years and I have an extensive collection of travel guides which I just like to flick through and plan trips – fantasy and reality. So, when Sweet Cherry Publishing got in contact with us to review  one of their new publications, I chose The Diaries of Robin’s Travels immediately!

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From Agra to Venice

So, what you get in this series is 10 books covering Robin and his grandad’s worldwide adventures, that take them across the world from Agra to Venice. Or  from A-V! They take in Agra, Barcelona, Dubai, Istanbul, Las Vegas, London, St. Petersburg, London,  Rio de Janeiro and Venice.

You can buy the books individually or as a whole set.

As Robin and his grandad travel the world, they consult their tongue-twister companion: The Magic Talking Book of the World’s Most Interesting People and Places. With a little magic, they’re able to summon an historical tour guide, related to the places they’re visiting. Their guide not only points out the all touristic hits, but they also give them some cultural and historical information and facts to boot.

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You’ll find that all the stories are littered with interesting little factoids, perfect for a youngster wanting to learn more about the world (or an adult wanting to gen up for a quiz. Shh!)

Though it possible defeats the object of the books, the detail and adventure stories, mean I could easily see these books made into a fun, educational television series. The whole story would lend itself so well to it. You could read along with the books and taking notes along the way.

Which, incidentally,  is exactly what grandad does. Moving through the stories, you notice that there are words in bold that are often spelled phonetically and/or that highlight some valuable information. These are also pointers and notes grandad has been making. So, you can flip to the back and they’re all there as a kind of glossary, which is a great idea.

All the books use only black and white images, alongside maps, text and facts. I personally love the attention to detail and all the information neatly wrapped up in the story.  I think this is such a great way to learn about the world and found myself genuinely nodding with interest. And thinking, hmm, that’s good to know, I’ll make a note of that!

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Who are they for?

It’s for that same reason that  these books are too old for B, who is 1.5. Although the stories are colourful, the books themselves don’t have any colour in the images inside. There is much more information and words than he’s used to,  so it’s harder for him to engage.

 

B was very excited when they arrived – we do love a new book. And constantly reaches for them. Seriously, he gets them (all) out every day and likes just flicking through. But,  he does tend to fidget after a few pages if we sit down to read them properly. So we do just that and stick to a couple of pages at a time.

 

It’s a family affair

I generally get the family involved whenever I review and canvass their opinions, so we took them to his grandparents and they said the same – these books are definitely for an older child. We couldn’t decide on which age group!

The more I’ve read them, the more I think they would be really useful as an aid for primary school age children, wanting to learn about geography in a different way.

You won’t find talk of tablets or games consoles in these book.  Nope, they’re good, old fashioned adventure stories,  but based on real facts and locations. Ironically, Robin and his grandfather are the only true works of fiction in this series.

A travel adventure gift

The whole set would make a super present, but I also like the idea of using them as child-friendly travel guides for if you were travelling to any of the places in the series.

Sweet Cherry publish a whole host of different titles, so we’ll be eagerly devouring some new more age-appropriate books. Until then, we’re lending these books out and will see how they go with an older child.

“You won’t find talk of tablets or games consoles in these book.  Nope, they’re good, old fashioned adventure stories,  but based on real facts and locations. Ironically, Robin and his grandfather are the only works of fiction in this series.”

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  • 2 years ago
    What an amazing way to explore the world! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested Kate Fever recently posted...Birth Stories | Lisa and her emergency C sectionMy Profile
    • 2 years ago
      Oh, you're welcome. I love your link up. Found some really great stuff through it x
  • 2 years ago
    We are big book fans but haven't come across these yet :) I love the idea of using them as travel guides! #TriedTested
  • I love the look of these. It's great for a child to be able to read about a place before they visit :) #TriedTested Catherine @ Story Snug recently posted...Author Janet Bingham talks about Daddy’s Little Star illustrated by Rosalind BeardshawMy Profile
  • 2 years ago
    Oh My! I think this is a must had one my Children's shelves! x Su {Ethan & Evelyn} recently posted...#FabFridayPost #83 {12.05.17}My Profile
    • 2 years ago
      They're so great. B is still grabbing for them daily! x
  • JanetT
    2 years ago
    I think you're right about them being best for Primary age. So nice to get children interested in travel.
    • 2 years ago
      Definitely! Learning about the world and sparking that interest is so important! x
  • 2 years ago
    I haven't seen books like this before, they look absolutely brilliant - a lovely gift idea too. Kaz x
    • 2 years ago
      Me neither! I love giving books as gifts and these would make a great one x
  • These look fab. I am terrified of flying so we've never taken the kids abroad and I'd like them to know more about other countries Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... recently posted...The unluckiest woman in the world wins TWO competitions!My Profile
    • 2 years ago
      Eek! Yes, that would definitely but a bit of a spanner in the works! But, at least we can connect to mainland Europe by train or car, if you can get the opportunity to! I've definitely been toying with the idea of a train to France. Just psyching myself up for doing that with a toddler! 😆x
  • I love the sound of these books. I can see my kids loving them.
    • 2 years ago
      I think yours are a bit older than B, so they'd definitely get even more out of them! x
  • 2 years ago
    I love reading too so I would hope that any kids I had would have the same passion. The diaries look great and full of facts!
    • 2 years ago
      I love all the facts! 🤓 I can imagine you having kids who be absolutely full to the brim with numerous passions and interests ☺️x
  • 2 years ago
    I love the idea of these. I've not seen anything like this before Lyndsey O'Halloran recently posted...Social Network Solutions Blogger EventMy Profile
  • These books look great. I'm sure my nephew would love them. I've also just fallen in love with your blog. It's rather beautiful!
  • 2 years ago
    This sounds like such an awesome book, I loved reading as a kid and still do so this would have been right up my street x
  • 3 years ago
    These are really lovely books - a perfect post for world book day! Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub
    • 3 years ago
      Would you laugh if I said, I didn't even realise I posted it right on cue for World Book Day! 😂 Thanks for hosting #CoolMumClub! 😘
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