Publication date: July
Pages: 128 each book.
The plot: A handy guide to great places to visit, weird customs, a potted history (in the style of horrible histories) and bizarre facts about the country featured in the title.
It's a guide that would be great to take with you to read on the way to your holiday destination... with none of the stuff that you don't want to read - like boring transport bits or bar and hotel guides.
It's done by the same people that do the adult-version Cadogan guides.
The characters: Some of the artists and aristocracy mentioned in the books! Gaudi and Picasso were quirky guys.
Highlights: Some of the places they mention sound fab and you would never have heard about without a guidebook.
The book on England is rammed with comedy facts and quirky stuff you won't know about the place - even if you live here. I really liked the rude-sounding place names - juvenile but funny!
The essential language bits are handy for your trip. It's nice to see they've used 'guest editors' in most of the books - to really make sure there's stuff to appeal to 12-year-olds in it!
Any weak bits? The font the books are written in looks a bit patronising for the older reader but great for younger ones and it's all really clear and a cracking read.
Unputdownable? Certainly useful to keep to hand on hols.