Illuminatlas

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 Jan 2019

Member Reviews

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-galley.  The opinions are my own.

This book will provide a lot of entertainment for elementary school aged children while simultaneously teaching them about their world.  Divided by geographical region, young students can examine the atlas and learn about cultural highlights as well as the flora and fauna of each area.  What makes this book special is that three viewing lenses are provided.  Each lens is to be used in order to highlight the hidden objects in the maps.  Of course my copy of the book is virtual so I had no lenses but I really wished that I did!

I think that kids will enjoy this easy and entertaining way to experience and learn more about their world.
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This looked like it would be a really interesting book if you have the red, green and blue lens to see what is being highlighted on the pages. Each page is a combination of color and description in several colors. If your seeing through the red lens you will see plants and animals. The green lens shows the landscape and blue lens shows cultural information and famous buildings. The entire atlas is divided up by continents displaying cultural highlights and natural wonders for each area, but most of what is displayed is visible only with the lenses on. 
This was an interesting way to present information, I think it’s something my boys would at least initially have fun with. At our home we tend to not be too careful with things like 3D glasses, so hopefully this book comes with more than one pair.
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for this interesting and creative atlas, in exchange for my honest review, my opinions are my own.
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Set off on a journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminati red and illuminating- use your three - color lens to explore the continents : use your green lens to see the landscape, the red lens to see plants and animals, and the blue lens to see cultural highlights and famous buildings. Packed with facts and stunning illustrations, this is an atlas Luke no other from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky.
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Despite the fact that I am rating this as a worthy read, because for young and inquisitive kids I don't doubt that it will be fun and educational, I have to say that I saw little point in sending this book out as an ebook for review purposes without the accompanying colored 'lenses', because without those three lenses, whether this book is print or electronic, you are completely unable to gage the quality and utility of the images!

Those pictures are printed in three colors, and when viewed through of one the three lenses, red, blue, or green, reveal different things. For each continent ion this atlas, red revealed cultural highlights, blue revealed natural wonders, and green revealed the continental outline and surrounding ocean.

I am not a professional reviewer. I don't get paid for this. I don't even ask for thanks (and rarely get it!) for any of the getting on for three thousand reviews I've posted on this blog. I review books because I love books, and because I think good books deserve promotion, especially when they're aimed at children. So I do not merit print versions of books even when they're designed as print books.

All I get is the ebook, and in order to fully review this particular one properly, I had to do a screen-capture on a couple of images, import then into an art program I have, add a transparent layer to it, color that layer in each of the three primary colors in turn, and then reduce the opacity of that color by 25% in order to see the image below and gather what it is I'm supposed to see when the reader looks at these pages through one of the colored lenses. Consequently I did not do this for all images! I did get the picture though - literally - and it's quite fund when viewed not just through that lends, but through a child's eyes. It's rather reminiscent of that 2004 movie National Treasure where the trio is looking at the map thorough the different colored lenses of Ben Franklin's spectacles.

So again, while I wonder what the publisher was thinking in issuing this for review sans lenses, and while I'd personally have some reticence about buying a book which has not one, but three separate additional and crucial components to it, any one of which could become lost and spoil the experience, I still have to say that I consider it a worthy read provided you can use the lenses (or fashion an adequate substitute for any that get lost). It's fun for kids to explore things by themselves and take control of their reading experience, and it is magical to discover how light can hide and reveal secrets.
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This sounded great but sadly it is not possible to view this properly on a  e reader as you need to wears glasses to reveal the images.  It looks lovely and I’d be keen to try the hard copy but for now I will reserve judgment.
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Description
Set off on a journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. Use your three-color lens to explore the continents: use your green lens to see the landscape, the red lens to see plants and animals, and the blue lens to see cultural highlights and famous buildings. Packed with facts and stunning illustrations, this is an atlas like no other from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky.

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.... it could be an interesting book - but only in the print version! You need colored lenses for it to look at - so for a print version I would recommend it maybe to children - but I can´t tell how useful the maps are, I couldn´t see anything without the needed lenses.

Useless in Digital form

Note 5 or D
Thanks anyway to Netgalley and the Author for letting me review this book!
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What a ingenious book allowing students to look at the natural and human geography of a place. It is the perfect novelty book that will have kids enjoying themselves so much they don’t even know they’re learning.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Set off on a journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. Use your three-colour lens to explore the continents: use your green lens to see the landscape, the red lens to see plants and animals, and the blue lens to see cultural highlights and famous buildings. Packed with facts and stunning illustrations, this is an atlas like no other from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky.

his is a freaky, psychedelic looking book that I could not get to "work for me as it was digital and I didn't have the different colour lenses. nonetheless,  I could see some of the different layers of illustrations and it looks like it would be amazing if you could see it.  That said, I wonder why a book that needs lenses would be offered for review in a digital format.
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This isn’t a book that you can review by reading a e-book version of it so I find it a very strange choice to put it on NetGalley! Why? Because it is mostly compose of illustrations that need a pair of special glass or lens to see the various specter of color. I want to believe that with the physical copy of the book those glass are included, but obviously there weren’t with the e-book version so you really can’t appreciate it all. It look good, original and promising... but I probably never know what it could have accomplish!
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