Miranda the Explorer

Miranda the Explorer

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Miranda wins a balloon ride - but the rope snaps and away she goes, over seas, mountains and deserts. She touches down at the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids, flies over the Great Wall of China, visits Japan, almost falls into a river full of crocodiles in Australia, makes some new friends at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is buffeted by storms over the Channel - and much more. Miranda is a brave and resourceful character whose adventures are shown in delightful pictures of the places she visits. With map backgrounds and place names, this is a big story with lots of action, told with warmth and humour.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 247.4 x 297.7 x 8.6mm | 435.46g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40
  • 1842550004
  • 9781842550007

Review quote

"An adventure story which opens up exciting horizons. Delicate watercolours, and maps on the endpapers." Children's Bookseller, Star Choice, 20 Sep 02 "A delightful adventure which introduces young children to the wonders of the world. Each page has delicate watercolours to enjoy and the maps on the endpapers are wonderful." Carousel, Autumn/Winter 02 "Gorgeously illustrated, this is a magical way to familiarise children with the world's great landmarks." Angels & Urchins Magazine, Winter 02 "Beautifully illustrated, this adventurous tale brings the wonders of the world to life for little adventurers everywhere." Daily Express, 14 Dec 02 "...a lovely story for five to seven year olds, which confident readers will be able to tackle alone. But the real highlights are Mayhew's beautifully detailed illustrations of Miranda's ports of call." Sainsbury's Magazine "James Mayhew's graphic style is a partnership of fine nervous line and lively brushwork. Its very lightness of touch means it's well suited to record the airy journey of Miranda the Explorer...The abundance of the visual narrative ensures rewarding re-readings." TES, 21 Feb 03 "More entertaining than an atlas and more intriguing than a foreign dictionary, this is a tale to set your own explorers reminiscing and dreaming" Junior Educationshow more

Review Text

A sudden gust of wind sends young Miranda and the balloon she's aboard on a quick trip around the world. Some gust: making artful use of sandbags and vents to land and take off again, she comes down for visits with young folk in Moscow, Agra, Japan, Australia, New York, Egypt, Pisa, and Barcelona, before returning to London. Framed in cartoon panels of various sizes, each stop features recognizable landmarks, plus the occasional dialogue balloon or identifying caption. Though the people she meets sometimes greet her or bid farewell in a native language, everyone along the rather Eurocentric itinerary speaks English. Younger children may get some feeling for the human world's diversity from this tour, but along with being disappointed to see more destinations marked on the endpaper maps than Miranda actually reaches, they may find it rather perfunctory next to Barnabas Kindersley's Children Just Like Me (1995) or even Manya Stojic's Hello World (2002). (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About James Mayhew

James Mayhew introduced us to Miranda in Miranda the Castaway. He is a very popular author/illustrator whose many books include Katie's Picture Show (Orchard) and The Kingfisher Book of Tales from Russia. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and small son.show more

Rating details

30 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
5 17% (5)
4 27% (8)
3 37% (11)
2 13% (4)
1 7% (2)
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