December 2019, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds by Ian Wright

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World by Ian Wright. November 5, 2019. The Experiment, 192 p. ISBN: 9781615196258.  Int Lvl: AD; Rdg Lvl: AD.

A singular atlas of 100 infographic maps from thought-provoking to flat-out fun

Which countries don’t have rivers? Which ones have North Korean embassies? Who drives on the “wrong” side of the road? How many national economies are bigger than California’s? And where can you still find lions in the wild? You’ll learn answers to these questions and many more in Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds. This one-of-a-kind atlas is packed with eye-opening analysis (Which nations have had female leaders?), whimsical insight (Where can’t you find a McDonald’s?), and surprising connections that illuminate the contours of culture, history, and politics.

Each of these 100 maps will change the way you see the world—and your place in it.

Potentially Sensitive Areas: None



Booklist (October 15, 2019 (Vol. 116, No. 4))
A map can convey a lot of information at a glance, something Wright has been documenting on his website,, for nearly five years using maps collected from creators all over the internet. This book is a collection of some of the most popular and commented-on maps from the website as well as some new ones, all of which have been drawn using one consistent style and, if needed, updated data. Grouped into broad categories (culture and customs, history, nature, etc.), these maps cover topics serious and less so, from “the countries in red have as many murders combined as the U.S.” to “heavy metal bands per 100,000 people.” Wright notes in the introduction that context is always necessary to truly understand the information provided by maps. While the full-page spreads make the color maps easy to read, readers may wish to also visit the website, where a short summary/analysis and links to sources are provided with each map. Credits/sources not yet available at time of review.

About the Author

Ian Wright runs Brilliant Maps, one of the most popular cartographic sites on the internet. In addition to being a cartophile, he’s also a keen walker. In 2015, he combined these two passions to become the first person to walk all of the newly expanded London Tube map. Originally from Canada, he now lives in the UK.

Teacher Resources

Brilliant Maps Website

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