We’re basically half-way to Christmas now! If you haven’t finished your gift buying, it’s go time. Today’s book is an excellent fit for most anyone on your list. An oversized book filled with quirky facts and a unique perspective on places around the world, here is Everything & Everywhere by Marc Martin, 2018.

What is it about?

How many penguins live in Antarctica? And is there an ATM there? What city has the largest fleet of environmentally friendly gas-powered buses? What kinds of pastries are in Paris? The answers to all these questions and so many more are within the pages of this book. Questions you didn’t even know you had are answered. 

Fifteen different cities and places are illustrated in the form of interesting facts. There are cities, forests, deserts, and oceans to be discovered in this book. The combination of places Martin chose to illustrate is very interesting to me. Beginning with Antartica, for one, is a bold move. And they aren’t all the common top cities that usually come to mind. Sure, NYC is one, and Paris; but with Cape Town, Cairo, and the Galápagos Islands all in here, this isn’t the typical city choices. This book was originally published in Australia first, and I love the spread about Alice Springs & Surrounds. A place I know nothing about and is fascinating to see.

Why I picked it

The first thing I love about this book is the cover. All the little illustrations on the cover are embossed and lovely to run your fingers over. It is a striking cover, with the large trim size reinforcing its draw. 

I love the uniqueness of the facts in this book. It’s not just population and other usual facts. So many quirky details are here that are super fun to know. I especially love that I now know how many windows are in the Chrysler Building (my favorite NYC skyline star) and how many manhole covers there are too. These are not things you typically learn just perusing the streets of a city. And I didn’t realize that Cairo has so many cats!

Who will love this?

This book is truly for young and old. A great coffee-table book. Great for classrooms. Excellent for car rides (for those who aren’t carsick like me). This book has something interesting for everyone.

Bonus Gift Pairings

One fun gift idea to go with this book is a pair of binoculars for scouting out their own things on adventures. My kids both have a pair and love them. And I’m always a huge fan of a mini sketchbook. A place to store all the interesting sights and facts that you collect on your travels, even just down the street. 

Thanks for reading along this month. I hope one of these books is hitting your gift needs. Or just enjoyable to you. See you tomorrow for the next book from this year in my 25 Days of Favorite New Picture Books countdown!