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Lonely Planet Kids' brand new series of sticker activity books, "Let's Explore", is perfect for any child with a sense of adventure. With fascinating facts, puzzles to solve and pages to colour and complete, little explorers aged 5 and up will love discovering the amazing environments of our planet. Let 's Explore Jungle sends you deep into the world's tropical forests. Help the explorers prepare for their voyage, colour exotic birds with fabulous feathers, find your way through the Amazon maze and loads more. A rainforest adventure awaits. Let's explore! Includes over 250 stickers. Perfect for on-the-road entertainment. Authors: Lonely Planet Kids About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We're kick-starting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet is. Our mission is to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the magnificent place it is. Award-winning children's titles from Lonely Planet include The Amazing World Atlas (Independent Publisher Award, Gold for Juvenile Multicultural Non-fiction, 2015), How to Be a Space Explorer (Independent Publisher Award, Silver for Juvenile Non-fiction, 2015), Not For Parents The Travel Book, Not For Parents Paris, Not For Parents London, Not For Parents New York City, and Not For Parents Rome (all Parent Tested Parent Approved winners, 2012). Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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3rd May '16
LandonB read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
Let's Explore... Jungle 9781760340384
5 stars
Landon - I loved doing this book on holiday, it's taught me lots of things about the wild and the jungle and there was so many stickers to use. I really liked the fun activities to do and colouring in. 
Mum - this is a stunning book about the jungle and packed full of facts and activities. It's bright and beautifully illustrated. Fantastic quality and great for keeping the kids entertained on long journeys and holidays. 
4th May '16
I read it to Josh aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I am not usually a huge fan of sticker books as my children seem to be fed up with them quite quickly.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.  The pages are bright and well illustrated with bite sized chunks of information.  There are puzzles and activities which kept my son very entertained on a long car journey and he was able to share the information about the jungle animals with us as we travelled.
11th March '16
I read it to Indibath aged 3 aged 3
Let's Explore... Jungle 9781760340384
5 stars
My three old loved this book and my eight year old was keen to help!  It has more than enough stickers and they are easy to peel off without tearing which is always a big hit! The pictures are great and it allows you to teach children about animals around the world and their habitats.   I would definitely recommend this book and it really helped to have a enjoyable Mother's Day meal out. 
22nd March '16
I read it to Scatty Noo aged 6 aged 6 & to Fifi aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
Both my girls have really enjoyed this lonely planet book. It was great because some of the sticker activities pages were perfect for my 4 year old and the quiz / word searches and activities were more suitable for my 6 year old. I did feel that if you were buying this book for one child alone that they may feel that some of it would be too hard or easy depending on their age. 
When the book arrived I was completely draw in with the bright colours and illustrations. If this book had been in a book shop I would have most definitely spotted it and pulled it out. Personally I think it's really important for books to stand out, children will always look for the bright colours and want to read something that is aesthetically pleasing on the eye. The beautiful colours and illustrations continue on into the book captivating you the whole way through.
We are big fans of sticker an activity books and also of wildlife and animals. We often buy the Usborne stickers books but I liked this one because it was a bit more in dept (typically like the lonely planet guides!). Instead of just the basic jungle animals like Tigers, Lions and monkeys this book asked the children to look at other jungle animals not so well known, like a Tapir, Oselot and an Armadillo. It was also very informative, combining activities with educational facts made it a great fun way to learn which animal has enough poison to kill ten men and which one bites their prey and then drinks it's blood!
It was a great book to encourage everyone to sit down together and have a look. We really enjoyed looking for the animals in the jungle together and spotting the difference in the parrot picture. 
The book has lots to do and is very good value for money. We still have plenty of activities left to do over the Easter holidays! We would definitely recommend this book to others.
9th March '16
I read it to Lego boy aged 7 aged 7 & to Train boy aged 4 aged 4
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3 stars
The Lonely Planet Kids Let's Explore Jungle is a good educational activity book for 5 years plus. It contains a surprising amount of information, but it is delivered in short bite - sized paragraphs, which are carefully limited and presented on the page so  that they don't overwhelm the child and are easily accessible to young readers.
The book is nicely organised so that the activities are varied and interesting throughout the book. There are sticker jungle scenes to populate, jungle themed finding and spotting activities, jungle animal drawing tuition's, spot the differences, coloring in, logic exercises, jungle animal spellings and word searches, color by numbers, mazes, Q & A matching, and  dot to dots to complete. So you can be sure there is something in there that every child will enjoy.
It's difficult to tie the book to an age range. My 4 (nearly 5) year old really enjoyed the sticker scenes and the spotting and maze activities - but a large amount of the book was too difficult for him in terms of the logic puzzles, word searches and dot to dot (1 to 84).
I thought that it would suit my seven year old better but he found the early pages and information a bit too simple. The short paragraphs didn't grab his interest like other books have done. 
Some of the pages can be a bit assumptive of previous knowledge about the jungle. My seven year old didn't know that ants could deliver a sting that is the most painful in the world and lasts 24 hours, or that a frog could be poisonous enough to kill ten men - and sure - it could be argued that this is great because by matching the fact with the wrong animal - he learnt that information. 
However, for any child that hates being wrong, or having to look up the correct answer in the back of the book, or a child who will just move on because they don't know the answer or are embarrassed they don't know - it isn't a great way of encouraging knowledge confidence. It would have been good if Lonely Planet had covered these facts somewhere earlier in the book, so the child had already had some background on these questions and could take delight in matching the fact and animal with confidence.
I felt the same with the Night Fright page where children were asked to fill in the name blanks of the creatures pictured in the scene. My son had no previous knowledge of what an Ocelot was - and the book had not introduced an Ocelot up to this point. However, suddenly my son was trying to guess what the animal was and how it's name was spelt - and he got frustrated because the drawing looked like a leopard to him but he couldn't understand why the name started with an O. It might have been good if Lonely Planet has featured a short story or fact file about an Ocelot or an Armadillo in the previous pages, which would have empowered my son to learn and be able to answer the task set in this activity.
I just found too many niggly things like this - and if you are using it while you are travelling, and a child gets frustrated or stuck on something like this then it's not practical to be able to help them or explain easily, and we had to skip these and complete when we arrived home. The child can of course look at the answer page at the back of the book, but he hates doing that because it feels like cheating. At the top of the answer page it also says "Check all your answers here....but no cheating" so my son felt even worse because there was nowhere else he could find the correct answer - except here. Like reading comprehension at school, it would be better if the book was set out with some text containing or hinting at the answers earlier in the book or at the top of the page -  and then questions/tasks to test knowledge and reading comprehension.
My seven year old loves natural history and science and has just read Science Quest 'Amazon Adventure'. I would say that this book doesn't quite live up to what is delivered by the similar Amazon Adventure. My son was absolutely glued to Amazon Adventure, but he doesn't pick this book up with the same relish. That doesn't mean that this book isn't good - because it does have it's own worthy merits and is interactive. However, if you are looking for a fun book to teach your 7+ year old about jungles and Rainforests, then I would say 'Amazon Adventure' Science Quest does a better job.
But as we know, children are all different and although this was a medium hit with my son because of the colourful and varied activities, it might really engage other children. It will be interesting to see what other reviewers children make of it.
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