Author: Laroche, Giles
This stunning look at ancient cities around the globe takes readers to such places as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and the mysterious sculptures of Angkor Wat.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (02/01/20)
School Library Journal (+) (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2020 Laroche introduces 13 lost cities around the world, including Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Babylon (Iraq), Caughnawaga (U.S.), Fatehpur Sikri (India), Mesa Verde (U.S.), Great Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe), Herculaneum (Italy), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Tenochtitlan (Mexico). After a paragraph explaining what it might have been like to visit or live in each place, a Q&A section comments on its location, its residents, why it was “lost,” how it was found, and what remains mysterious about the site. Each broad, double-page spread is dominated by a colorful, meticulously constructed artistic recreation of the lost city. These striking recreations were first constructed with layers of painted paper to create a three-dimensional look, then photographed. The text includes interesting facts about each site, and the closing “What’s Mysterious” section will particularly interest readers. Those who enjoyed reading about these places will be equally intrigued by the highly visual closing pages, where a time line and a global map relate the sites to each other, both historically and geographically. A striking guide to lost cities. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 1–4—Laroche takes readers back to the metropolises of the ancient world, like Babylon and Machu Picchu, and details the lives of their citizens. Using simple explanations for younger readers, the text lays out where these cities were built, who lived there, and how they may have disappeared. With further mysteries and theories of these lost civilizations, this title will surely inspire young archaeologists to learn more about history and the ancient world. Laroche's art is the real star of this title. Paper, cut and layered, builds beautiful landscapes with a 3D effect. The visual precision and attention to detail will captivate readers. A short note explains how each piece was created and may inspire young artists to try it for themselves. VERDICT Immaculate art and fun facts make this a must for any classroom collection.—Thomas Jonte, Pensacola State College, FL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.