It manages that rare thing of taking facts, history, knowledge, and presenting them in a way that makes them feel magical

Rogan Books (UK)

Rivers

$39.99

A breathtaking journey along the world’s most important rivers, from the author of international bestseller Timeline. A non fiction book for children and all ages.

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

 

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  • Description

    This breathtaking journey on the world’s most important rivers, seas and oceans tells the story of our planet through cultures, myths, icons and history. It takes us from the Nile to the Amazon, the Mekong Delta to the Mississippi, the Murray to the Waikato.

    Each map is full of fascinating facts about nature, culture and history, with major events and historical figures alongside favourite stories and icons.

    As the life source of people, animals and the land itself, the world’s waterways tell a compelling story about our history and our lives today. This absorbing, playful book shows who we are, how we live and the myths we weave around our people and places.

    A non fiction book for children and all ages.


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Belguim
    Reader Age 6-8 year, 8-12 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. Kids’ Book Review

      Fully illustrated in stunning images to complement the text, and designed in a most delightful fashion, each coloured page is a smorgasbord of art, curving groups of words, and historical and geographical facts and figures.

    2. Children’s Book and Media Review

      This is a book you can pick up moments at a time and read snippets, then set back down on its place of honor on your coffee table.

    3. San Francisco Book Review

      This ingeniously illustrated tome describing the rivers of the world is encyclopedic with information and should be part of the inquisitive readers’ library from the age of seven to past seventy.

    4. Goodreads – Barbara

      In its own way, this book is just as satisfying as the author’s earlier Timeline.

    5. Publishers Weekly

      The presentation is appropriately fluid, focusing less on individual locations or relative distances and more on the interconnectivity of the world’s bodies of water.

    6. Kirkus Reviews

      A broad, shallow, teeming torrent of facts and marvels: Readers tempted to take a dip will be swept irresistibly along.

    7. The Reader

      There’s so much information that it’s almost overwhelming, and I certainly couldn’t take it in all in one sitting. It’s like an invitation to come back and play another day after a successful play date – there’s just So. Much. Stuff.

    8. DIG Magazine

      Rivers focuses on each two-page, full-background colored spread on a specific river or area, highlighting important facts, weaving in an incredible number of engaging and little-known bits of information, in a sweeping manner of presentation that has readers feeling they are riding the currents along with the text.

    9. Christmas shopping guide: the 20 best kids books of 2018

      A wonderful meandering journey through some of the world’s most famous rivers, in exquisite illustrated form. Even includes an amazing spread on the mighty Waikato.

    10. Words and Illustrations

      Belgium artist Peter goes has poured so much detail. and thought into such a masterful creation…It is truely a visual wonder.

    11. Let’s Talk Picture Books

      Each new inked spread comes with its own set of monochromatic or dual-tone illustrations, though Goes spices in pops of color here and there for fun emphasis. The illustrations walk the fine line between comical and realistic, and in addition to the information we read about the river we also get a sentence or two about featured animals and local stories.

    12. Minerva Reads (US)

      The beauty of this book lies not so much in its depiction of nature, but in the stylistically elaborate carving of time and space into the geographic linearity of the world’s rivers. Goes blends the true depiction of the shape of each river that he profiles with an almost surreal aura, festooning each river with tributaries of information and branches of illustrations to sum up the cultural, historical, and natural history of his rivers.

    13. Shelf Life Books

      Rivers by Peter Goes is overflowing with illustrations and information.

    14. Starred Review, Foreword Reviews

      History, science, and geography meet the beauty and creativity of old-world cartography in this stunning visual display of the rivers that flow over mountains and valleys, across deserts, on all seven continents, and into the world’s oceans.

    15. thomasallenltd

      Illustrator @goes.peter creates a breathtaking journey along the most important rivers in the world. From the Nile, to the Amazon, the Mekong Delta to the Mississippi, the Murray to the Waikato.

    16. Marsden Books (NZ)

      Through tracking the life source of people, animals and the land itself, Peter Goes brings alive our history and our lives today. Each illustration includes major events and historical figures connected with its river, but also favorite stories and icons. This absorbing, playful book shows who we are, how we live and the myths we weave around our people and places.

    17. Radio Southland, Terry Toner (NZ)

      This title could never do justice to a book like this. The book has geography, history and adventure all rolled into one. Is worth every penny.

    18. Youth Services Book Review (US)

      The author of the international bestseller Timeline brings readers another gorgeously illustrated piece of art. The author dives into how rivers across all seven continents connect the world and impact the way people live… Children will want to sit with this book and pore over the images and facts provided.

    19. Lancashire Evening Post (UK)

      Packed with beautiful large-format, full-colour infographics and maps, this amazing river ride is a beautiful gift for adults, a lively reference book for children, and a teaching tool in classrooms. Each map and illustration is full of fascinating facts about nature, culture and history, with major events and historical figures featured alongside favourite stories and icons.

    20. Rogan Books

      Hold. The. Phone. Have you seen THIS?? Game over.
      It manages that rare thing of taking facts, history, knowledge, and presenting them in a way that makes them feel magical. Come and see it. Now.


  • Reviews

    1. Red Reading Hub

      A fascinating book for young would-be travellers and school libraries in particular.

    2. Louise Ward for Radio New Zealand

      Again another beautiful Gecko Press Book. This is hardback and really eye catching. The cover has got this bright palate of green and yellow and each page concentrates on one colour, which keeps it really simple but really beautiful.

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