City Atlas by Martin Haake – review

We love books, and we love travel, so we were very thrilled to have been sent this very pretty Wide Eyed Editions book. Martin Haake is a fab illustrator, with a distinctive style.  city atlas martin haake illustrated maps 

When this book arrived, we naturally turned to the pages of places we had visited, like Amsterdam, Chicago, and Berlin

The illustrations are detailed and humorous, while being informative. Some information is missing, or represented differently from how it is in real life, but you wouldn’t know these details unless you knew the city or detail. 

For example, hot dogs in Chicago are eaten without ketchup, but the map doesn’t mention that, but does show a dog with only mustard. Sue, the dinosaur in the Field Museum is (of course?) just bones, but is shown with skin in the illustration.  sue the dinosaur in chicago field museum 

Another detail that is unexplained but James has spotted is that in Budapest there are bowls of goulash hanging around the place!  goulash illustrated city atlas budapest 

Do those things matter? Probably not if you use this book as a conversation starter as we have. James grabs his book from the shelf, and says, “Where shall we look at today?” And he turns to the contents page to pick a place to look at. His favourite is Hong Kong, for some reason, but he is always thrilled when he finds the landmark he used to pick the city on the map page.  

 City Atlas - a book of maps illustrated by Martin Haake - reviewed on babyfoote.comWe enjoy looking at and talking about the various places indicated on the pages. It is easier to talk about places James has been to, because he likes to tell us things about them, or we can show him photos we took at the time. 
The City Atlas by Martin Haake is a very interesting way of talking to your children about the world, and hopefully will foster a love of travel. There are so many facts and details the curious will check to see what it looks like in real life. It also looks very pretty on a coffee table! 



  1. October 26, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Oh that looks like a lovely book. I’m sure my husband would love to read this with our little one as he’s a map lover. It might be just the treat for his Christmas present! Thanks for the inspiration

    • October 26, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      Do you already have Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska? Rob loves to look at that with the boys. A talking point for years to come.

      • October 26, 2015 / 1:37 pm

        I don’t think we have that one. I’ll have a look for it. It will be a brilliant present for Chris 🙂

  2. November 5, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    We have this too – the bowls of ghoulash on the Budapest page are because it says to see if you can find 5 bowls 🙂

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