So, here’s the thing, I really loved this illustrated Maps atlas by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, but at the same time I wished it was a whole lot better.
Yes, the illustration is great, and I found it a lot more memorable and interesting compared to your standard atlas. However, I wanted it to include ALL the countries in the world and have more information about the countries outside of Europe. It almost felt as if the duo and the publishers didn’t do sufficient research on the other countries featured. And it’s not like they can blame lack of space on the page either, because some of the illustrations included are pretty spread out for a number of these countries. Sure, they can argue that there’s swaths of dessert or ice or something else for some of them, but then, what’s the arrows for?
And if the authors lack knowledge about these other countries, well, there’s a lot of information on Google one can find with just a few keystrokes.
I know that if this book were to contain all the countries in the world it would be significantly heavier and also pricier, but I’m definitely willing to fork out my hard-earned cash for something like this (and I’m sure many others would be willing, too – they’ll literally have the global audience in their hands). It’s the kind of atlas for small kids and big kids (aka adults) alike, and it would have been nice to know that people around the globe can flip to the Malaysia spread and learn about my country.
The good thing about Maps is that it can grow. The authors can definitely work towards illustrating maps from the rest of the countries missing in this edition. It’ll take some time, but I’m sure it’s worth the effort.