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