Kylan Thuras, co-author of the New York Times best seller “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders,” spoke to students at White Heath Elementary School on Oct. 17. He used slides to take children and staff on adventures to various places, from Snake Island to Wisconsin’s famous House on the Rock.

Thuras is seen here signing some of his books prior to the presentation. At right is Nicole Stewart, the owner of Hartfield Bookstore in Monticello, which coordinated the visit.

He is also the author of “The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” which he also highlighted during the talk.

“This book is all about the journey you can take all around the world and the kind of wonder you can see. There is no one wonder. All it takes to be the World’s Most adventurous kid is to be curious, and be willing to ask questions,” Thuras said.

Thuras began his study of unusual places as a teenager, exploring abandoned buildings in the Midwest, and eventually spent a year in Budapest to explore Eastern Europe’s wondrous locales.

Photos by Steve Hoffman