‘The Street Beneath My Feet’ by Charlottel Guillain and Yuval Zommer has to be my favourite non-fiction book of the year. Cleverly constructed, this concertina double-sided format allows you to unravel the story of the ground beneath our feet or unfold the whole book on the floor for a hands on exploration. On one side we learn about everything that happens beneath the city street from electricity cables, to underground trains all the way right down to the very core of the earth. Flip the book over and we see the contrasting side in our journey through the different layers in the countryside. Here we discover badger sets, dinosaur fossils, metamorphic rocks and minerals.
Not only is it packed with fascinating facts from Charlotte Guillain which will excite the most inquisitive child it is also visually stunning, with the most sublime illustrations form Yuval Zommer. With so many intricate details to spot you can spend hours pouring over this book and it is bound to be enjoyed over and over again. Managing to make complex information interesting and engaging, it’s perfect for newly confident readers it’s captivating whilst still being accessible. Younger readers can enjoy exploring the illustrations, it’s ideal for sharing and discovering together.
This would make an ideal gift for any child who loves to ask questions and devours information books, it’s an absolute joy to read!
Thank you to Words and Pictures for sending me a copy of this glorious book, ‘The Street Beneath My Feet’ is available to buy from any good bookshop or online.