Title: Off We Go for 80 Days
Authors: Rina & Jimin Jung
Illustrator: Jun Jun
Publisher: Llumina Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
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Summary (Amazon): The world can look different through the eyes of six and nine-year-olds. Sometimes, adults can learn tons of things from the views of children and will be amazed at how each child possesses their own insights. This is a travel journal written by a six-year-old boy (JJ) and a nine-year-old girl (RJ) during 80 days around the world while visiting 10 countries and 45 cities.
1. What is the book about? This book is about two kids who travel around the world to different places.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I think the pictures and the cover could be better. I wished that there were real pictures of the things they saw instead of cartoons. I wish that for the gold tree they could have put a tiny screen in the book to show the video of it like we saw on You Tube.
3. What do you think about the two children who authored the book? Do they remind you of anyone? I thought it was pretty cool that two kids wrote the book. They were the same age as my sister and me! I wish I could have traveled to the places that they went.
4. Have you traveled to interesting places like the children in the book? Yes, I have been to Hawaii where I went hiking in the jungle and I went inside a volcano. We also went to a tropical plantation where they grew coconuts, pineapples, and macadamia nuts. I also just went to Raleigh, North Carolina for Christmas.
5. What is your favorite part of the book? Are there places you would like to go that they went? My favorite part of the book is when they talk about the gold tree. That was cool and my Mom found a video of it on the internet. It changes colours. I also want to go to Lego Land, the desert safari tour, and the Gayaguem Factory in Korea cause that looked like fun! It sounds a lot like Gangnam, like the song. I wish it was called Gangnam Factory instead.
6. How did it make you feel to read about the adventures these kids had? Reading about their adventures makes me want to go travel to different places in the World and have adventures too!
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think everybody would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: Off We Go For 80 Days chronicles the travels of 6 year old Jimin and his 9 year old sister Rina across the globe, visiting 10 countries along the way. We are treated to their perspective of taking in world famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower in France, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Black Forest in Germany, and the Red Cross Museum in Switzerland as well as participating in cultural traditions such as taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, joining a soccer camp in Geneva, camel riding in the deserts of Dubai, and eating Dim Sum in Hong Kong.
Rina and Jimin also share their thoughts and reflections on some of history’s most provocative landmarks such as Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam, the lion statue in Luzern commemorating the death of 360 Swiss guards who died defending Louis the XVI, and the Colosseum where countless gladiators and animals were slaughtered for human entertainment. Their reactions and interpretation of these low periods in human history is very touching. It is for these types of experiences that I want to encourage and provide opportunities for my children to travel to different parts of the world. Sometimes we really take it for granted how good we have it here in Canada.
The children are very articulate in describing their adventures. My understanding is that the children were keeping diaries of their travels and the book was created from excerpts and information contained within these diaries. The entries provide a nice mix of educational value as well as entertainment value reading about the kids’ thoughts and reactions to some of their experiences. The only comment I have is that I think the text would have been slightly improved if the excerpts were consistently the same length. In some cases, Rina’s observations were quite lengthy to the extent that my kids stopped paying attention. This is definitely not a book that you sit down and read through the whole thing. It is more of a coffee table style book where you pick it up and peruse at your leisure.
One final comment about the illustrations … we were not fans of the Manga-style illustrations. That doesn’t mean they were not good – it’s just not our preference. Real photos of some of the sites would have really great, but with the cartoon-style illustrations, it definitely makes the book more kid-friendly. Also, I would have liked to see the maps of the countries zoomed out a bit to show the perspective of where on the globe they are located. The maps show the country so close up, you can’t really see where in the world they are located. Those are just tiny things though.
My bottom line: I am very impressed with these two young authors. They have pulled together a comprehensive collection of their reflections on their experiences travelling the globe and I commend them for their efforts. As a parent, it was fun to see what kinds of things were well-received by the children so that when we visit those places one day, we’ll know where to go! I would recommend this book to families who love to travel and who are looking for recommendations of kid-friendly activities in a variety of places across the globe.
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★☆
*** Off We Go For 80 Days was provided to us free-of-charge in exchange for an honest review.***
About The Authors:
Jimin and Rina Jung, now aged ten and thirteen, respectively, are both US citizens. Jimin was born in Seattle, WA, while Rina was born in Tokyo, Japan. They both attend Institut Le Rosey, a bilingual school in Rolle, Switzerland and live nearby. They speak Korean, Japanese, and English, and are learning French, Spanish, and Chinese. With support from their mother, Jenny Jung, Off We Go for 80 Days was created in the years following the trip, painting a child’s eye view of Rina’s and Jimin’s fantastic journey, bringing their story to exciting life.
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