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WIN! London for (your) Children!!

Win a fantastic childrens book to fill your children’s bookcase with Tidy Book’s new competition and review

In our continuing search for great children’s books, we review ‘London for Children’ by Matteo Pericoli, which one lucky person can win

To Enter leave a comment the bottom of the page  telling us where you would like Matteo Pericoli to create a book on next.

With the eyes of the world on London this summer when the Olympics begin, then it was with impeccable timing that ‘London for Children’ should arrive, giving a view of London from the other side.  Architect turned author Matteo Pericoli takes his young readers to look at each bank of the Thames as seen from the other side, and in great detail, as the river winds through London picking out some of the most interesting (and gruesome) events that happened there, and telling the story of London.

London for Children’s ingenious design allows you to choose whether you want to explore the north bank or the south bank first, and allows you start from the back of the book if you choose too.   You could even indulge in some traditional north –south rivalry enjoyed by Londoners for generations.

The author walked the length of the Thames in London photographing each building, and then creating beautiful drawings, to replicate, in great architectural detail, the view of London from the other side.   He took two weeks to walk from Hammersmith Bridge to Greenwich, making drawings which were 12 metres long.  And wearing his shoes out in the process.

This book is a fascinating read for ages 4 to 99.  The four year old insisted that we read the book from north bank to south bank, and has been found since perusing the book by himself.  The eight year old found the book, read it unprompted and then pronounced that he preferred the north side of the book because there was more history there.  The boys and I enjoyed the gruesome bits about what they did to the pirates at Executioner’s Dock

Matteo Pericoli’s book for children is an extension of his other studies of New York and London , Manhattan Unfurled and London Unfurled in which there is a 20m length of drawing of the city from the banks of its rivers.  It’s a great reflection of an idiosyncratic city, and a lovely way to explore London’s history from your sofa, and who knows, maybe it will inspire you to take a walk along the Thames to see it for yourself.

We have a copy of London for Children by Matteo Pericoli worth £14.99 to give away to one lucky winner!  All you need to do is tell us where you would like Matteo Pericoli to create a book on next.   We’ll pick the most interesting suggestion from the comments in our blog.  Don’t forget to leave a comment in our Facebook page too so that we can contact you if you are the winner.

London for Children is by Matteo Pericoli and published by Macmillan, July 2012.

To be the lucky winner  just tell us on thing where would you like Matteo Pericoli to create a book on next? Write your answer in the comments box below

So we can notify the winner please comfirm on our Facebook page that you have entered.

Good luck!

Gèraldine Grandidier

About Gèraldine Grandidier

Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile. She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids. Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.

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36 thoughts on “WIN! London for (your) Children!!

  1. Avatar Bev says:

    Brighton – so much to see from fabulous opulent splendour of the Royal Pavilion, the flashy, exciting pier and the tragic blackened remains of the West pier which opened in 1866. The maze that is the Lanes offers allies and nooks and crannies to explore and they were part of the original settlement of Brighthelmstone. The Grand Hotel with it’s imposing Victorian frontage is well worth a look too. I love Brighton!

  2. Avatar Lynsey Buchanan says:

    A Book about extinct animals

  3. Avatar Tricia Clark says:

    Please do a book on my hometown of Portsmouth. The spinnaker tower, football club, cathedral, seaside, Portsmouth historic backyard, round and square tower,royal marines museum, ….and so much more. Love the city I live in and wouldn’t want to he anywhere else!

  4. SS9 via Emilia is an ancient roman road (since 187bC) from Rimini to Milano.
    A sort of italian Route 66.
    Through history, beautiful towns , countryside, seaside, good food and wine all the way to the big city of Milano , ss9 via Emilia can celebrate an almost unknown part of Italy.

  5. Avatar Rebecca says:

    The BEAUTIFUL CITY of BATH would be a fantastic location for a book by Matteo Pericoli. It has amazing architectural features from the gorgeous Georgian buildings, the ruins (and renovations) of the Roman Baths, the beautiful Bath Abbey, Poultney Bridge over the River Avon, to the famous Royal Cresent and Circus. Fabulous place with many happy memories of my time there! x

  6. Avatar Jennie Doig says:

    A book on Newcastle Upon Tyne would be great. Plenty of famous landmarks and loads of history, not forgetting the many famous Geordies.

  7. Avatar Drew says:

    The Olympic Park London.

  8. Avatar Katherine says:

    Barcelona – such amazing buildings everywhere!

  9. Avatar Eileen Teo says:


  10. Avatar charmaine says:

    I would choose Windsor with all its beauty and royal connections x

  11. Avatar jaime Graves says:

    Would love to see ones on England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland. So fantastic for the younger generation to get involved when exploring our amazing cities/country.
    Also one on the Olympics would be fab explaining the history and sports involved !!!!

  12. Avatar Sarah Bull says:

    Edinburgh would make a wonderful book- along the Royal Mile and all the wonderful, historic buildings.

  13. Avatar gemma says:

    Liverpool – so much going on there for kids and a lovely city to visit

  14. Avatar Lisa Troccoli says:

    I would love to see a book on Australia around the Queensland area and showing the beautiful islands off the coast and beaches.

  15. Avatar rachel says:

    I think York or Edinburgh would be wonderful, two great cities. Otherwise somewhere like Florence/Rome or Venice.

  16. Avatar katie walters says:

    florida, disney world would be a good one, lots for the kids to read about and would be fun

  17. Avatar Jamie says:

    How about New Orleans?

  18. Avatar Lindsey G says:

    Portsmouth would be fab, the wondeful naval history with the Victory, Warrior and mary Rose. The great links with Charles Dickens . There is also a wonderful henry V111 castle and the history of the D day landings.
    So much for a book!

  19. Avatar Sam says:

    The dark side of the moon as we can only wonder what lurks there 😉

    Sam @happyhomebird

  20. Avatar Galina V says:

    Moscow please, to introduce children to this fascinating city

  21. Avatar Maggie H says:

    Sydney – my favourite city and harbour in the whole world

  22. Avatar rebecca says:

    New Orleans Adventure

  23. Avatar Caroline Shepherd says:

    One on Rome or Venice would be amazing! Love both those cities.

  24. Avatar anna says:

    sri lanka would be good! cos we are from london but my kids dad originally from sri lanka so would be nice for them to have a book, cos we have not taken them all over there yet

  25. Avatar Ella Anderson says:

    The valleys and beauty of Wales

  26. Avatar bing robertson says:

    Introduce children to the rainforest and all it’s wonderful inhabitants 😀

  27. Avatar Cat Salisbury says:

    Hong Kong!!! So much culture and excitement!

  28. Avatar Drew says:

    The Olympic Park in London.

  29. Avatar Carolin says:

    I’d love to see a book about Berlin as Amy is half-German and it would be great for her to learn a bit about her grandparents’ cultural background.

  30. Avatar Heather Charly says:

    Paris would be amazing a whole different culture and way of life to explore yet one which is so nearby yet undiscovered by so many. A book on Paris could cover so many themes the effil tower, notre dame, the seine, euro Disney, Versailles so many adventures for a child to have.

  31. Arizona the grand ol desert

  32. Avatar Cathy Clowes says:

    How about a book about Egypt and the River Nile? My 4 year old loves talking about the pyramids and royal tombs and can’t wait to visit.

  33. Avatar Michelle Sutton says:

    I would choose Rome – my favourite city in the world (after London!). Such history and beauty. Matteo could also choose to do modern Rome or ancient Rome…

  34. Avatar Tina Mansfield says:

    This book looks great fun, and I think he should walk the Amazon next! Might wear out more than his shoes though on that one… 🙂

  35. Avatar Alastair says:

    Well done Tricia Clark you have won a copy of London for Children

  36. Avatar jane elizabeth orford says:

    Liverpool- we have so many iconic buildings ,combined with asporting and musical heritage , the famous river mersey flowing through the heart of a wondeful city

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