{book review} A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

By | February 18, 2014

Our most recent find at the library was A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino. We are huge fans of London. We obviously live here and love nothing better than jumping on the tube and exploring. The cover of A Walk in London features Big Ben, the London Eye and red London buses, so it’s easy to see why Big Brother was drawn to it.

a walk in London

London – the perfect place for a girl and her mother to spend the day! Follow them as they board the classic red bus and begin a whirlwind tour of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Try to climb the awe-inspiring lions at Trafalgar Square, take in the ritualistic Changing of the Guard, experience the whispering gallery at St Paul’s and – if you’re lucky – you may even spot the Queen! In this paean to Britain’s bright and bustling capital city, Salvatore Rubbino’s fresh, lively paintings and breezy text capture the delight of a young visitor experiencing the wonders of London first-hand. And of course, what’s London without a little rain?

We really enjoyed reading the book. Each page is packed full of words and images so we spent a lot of time looking through it together. The book mentions all the famous landmarks and we’ve visited a lot of them. The story starts off with Big Ben and goes to Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, St Paul’s, the Tower of London amongst others, and is peppered with facts about London.

This book is great for prompting lots of discussion about London crafts and we drew up a shortlist! We decided to print our own Union flags using the method we tried a couple of weeks ago with styrofoam. I traced the outline of the flag on two pieces of styrofoam, on one I highlighted the parts to be painted red, and on the other, blue.

a walk in London (1)

Big Brother got to work carefully painting the styrofoam red, then we placed a sheet of white paper on top and pressed it down. We also tried painting the other piece blue but this wasn’t so successful.

a walk in London (2)

However we were pretty pleased with our red Union flag.

printed union flag

Have you been inspired by a book to make anything lately?


22 thoughts on “{book review} A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

  1. Ruth

    Two of my favourite things: books and crafts, looks like you all had a lot of fun.

  2. VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood

    That flag looks really good. I need to try styrofoam painting with J, it does look like a lot of fun.
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  3. suzanne3childrenandit

    Sounds like a lovely little book. I am always in awe of anyone who does ANYTHING crafty – well done!

  4. MummyNeverSleeps

    Ooooh I haven’t seen this book before but my son would LOVE it! He’s fascinated by London πŸ™‚ Love the little inspired crafty session too, really clever πŸ™‚
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  5. Kirsty

    I have seen a few books specifically on the topic of visiting London recently and this one looks fantastic as it covers so many of the main tourist attractions. I love the red flag print, it looks like it could appear on a canvas in a trendy London gallery. Thank you so much for linking up with #kidsbookaweek
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