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Mitchell Symons - Author

About the Author

Mitchell Symons was born in 1957 in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied just enough law to get a Third. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning weekly column for the Sunday Express.

Featured books by Mitchell Symons

On Your Farts, Get Set, Go!

On Your Farts, Get Set, Go!

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Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Mitchell Symons, the revolting reference expert, turns his attention to the world of sport. Whether you're a sports nut or more of an armchair follower, there will be facts and stories to entertain and educate you. Find out: which striker's shorts fell down when he took a penalty; when some ducklings interrupted a rowing race; who played in the longest tennis match ever; and, which football team's fanzine is called 'Linesman, You're Rubbish'.

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Other books by Mitchell Symons

Why Spacemen Can't Burp...

Why Spacemen Can't Burp...

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The latest collection of terrific trivia from the bestselling author of WHY EATING BOGEYS IS GOOD FOR YOU and double Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award winner. The answers to these incredible questions will boggle your brain! Can rocks have snot? Why do doughnuts have holes in the middle? Could a human child ever be raised by animals? What have hyenas got to laugh about? And why is it impossible to belch after blast-off?!

Happily Never After Modern Cautionary Tales

Happily Never After Modern Cautionary Tales

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2013

From bestselling revolting reference expert Mitchell Symons comes this wickedly funny modern take on Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses. Meet a true rogue's gallery of horrid kids who hit the skids. Callum: who was a dreadful bully until he received his come-uppance; Tiffany: who couldn't put down her mobile phone and died a horrible death; Bill: whose ability to fart ended in tears and Chloe: whose determination to have the most Facebook friends meant she lost her real ones.

Don't Wipe Your Bum with a Hedgehog

Don't Wipe Your Bum with a Hedgehog

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

A collection of wise and wacky words of advice, from the bestselling and double Blue Peter Best Book with Facts-winning Mitchell Symons. From the marvellous mind of Mitchell Symons comes such gems of wisdom as: You can't trust a dog to watch your food. Why buy shampoo when real poo is free? Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, as you won't have a leg to stand on. And if getting even doesn't work, just get odd!

On Your Farts, Get Set, Go!

On Your Farts, Get Set, Go!

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Mitchell Symons has stats and stories to entertain and amaze you! Did the Olympians really compete in the buff? Which striker's shorts fell down when he was taking a penalty? Which sport consists of running while juggling? Which football team's fanzine is called Linesman, You're Rubbish?

Do Igloos Have Loos?

Do Igloos Have Loos?

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Ever wondered ...Why are slugs so slimy? Why does your skin go wrinkly in the bath? How clever is your right foot? What is the best thing to do if you fall into quicksand? And do igloos have loos? Mitchell Symons knows the answers ...and now you will too!

That's So Gross!: Animals

That's So Gross!: Animals

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE...Arm yourself with the answers to top trivia such as: Why are porcupines so pongy? Why do angry monkeys fling their poo at each other? Why do ostriches pee on their own legs? Includes cool collector cards to swap with your mates.

That's So Gross!: Creepy Crawlies

That's So Gross!: Creepy Crawlies

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

GO MAD FOR MINIBEASTS! Discover the answers to top trivia such as: Does the dung beetle really stink? Why are caterpillars so muscly? Why would fleas be champion high-jumpers? Includes cool collector cards to swap with your mates.

That's So Gross!: History

That's So Gross!: History

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

FRIGHTFUL FACTS AND GORY STORIES ...Top trivia about life in the past such as: Did Vikings wear horns on their helmets? How did Ancient Egyptians make their mummies? Which animals were gladiators forced to fight?

That's So Gross!: Human Body

That's So Gross!: Human Body

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

NOXIOUS NOISES AND STINKY SMELLS ...Amaze your mates with top trivia such as: Why do we puke and sweat? Which tribe uses farting as a greeting? How likely are you to be injured by a toilet seat?

Why You Need a Passport When You're Going to Puke

Why You Need a Passport When You're Going to Puke

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

DID YOU KNOW ...Square watermelons are sold in Japan? There is a River Piddle in Dorset? Americans use enough toilet paper daily to wrap around the world nine times? Mitchell Symons goes global - join him on his fun fact-finding world tour!

Do Igloos Have Loos?

Do Igloos Have Loos?

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

In Do Igloos Have Loos? Mitch Symons, the revolting reference expert, answers burning questions such as: How do you get out of quicksand? Why does your skin get wrinkly if you stay too long in the bath? Is your right foot really clever? And, crucial for everyone likely to get caught short in the Arctic, 'Do igloos have loos'?

Why Does Ear Wax Taste So Gross?

Why Does Ear Wax Taste So Gross?

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

DID YOU KNOW? Stinky ear wax has been hanging around in the ear canal for nearly a month before it is 'pickable'! Humans share a third of their DNA with lettuce. Cockroaches fart every fifteen minutes. Giraffes never kneel. The average person spends six months of their life on the loo. Amaze your friends and fascinate your family with this book packed with jaw-dropping, eyebrow-raising facts.

Why You Need a Passport When You're Going to Puke

Why You Need a Passport When You're Going to Puke

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2010

This work lets you discover where a three-headed turtle was discovered in 1999, where the first toothbrush was invented, which country has summer as the only season and where you can buy square watermelons! It is guaranteed to have young readers hooked for hours.

Why Do Farts Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Why Do Farts Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2010

EVER WONDERED ...Why we burp? What a wotsit is? Whether lemmings really jump off cliffs? Why vomit always contains carrots? And why do farts smell like rotten eggs? No subject is too strange and no trivia too tough for Mitchell Symons, who has the answer to these crazy questions, and many more.

How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do?

How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do?

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Let Mitchell Symons be your guide into the weird and wonderful world of trivia. Camels are born without humps. Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, was scared of mice. Only 30% of humans can flare their nostrils A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink And an elephant produces an eye-wateringly pongy 20 kilos of dung a day!

Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You

Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2008

EVER WONDERED . . . Why we have tonsils? Is there any cream in cream crackers? Why is the sea blue? And if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches, what happens to all the poo?! Mitch Symons answers all these crazy questions and plenty more in this wonderfully funny and addictive book for children from 8 to 80! And yes, eating bogeys is good for you . . . but only your own!

Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You

Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2007

Ever wondered why we have tonsils? Is there any cream in cream crackers? Why is the sea blue? And if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches, what happens to all the poo?! Mitch Symons answers all these crazy questions and plenty more in this wonderfully funny and addictive book for children from 8 to 80! And yes, eating bogeys is good for you...but only your own!

How to Avoid a Wombat's Bum

How to Avoid a Wombat's Bum

Author: Mitchell Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2007

Did you know THAT: The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal was Shredded Wheat in 1893 (it beat Kellogg's Corn Flakes by just five years) Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher and Simon Cowell all have twin brothers. Everton were the first British football club to introduce a stripe down the side of their shorts. The word DUDE was coined by Oscar Wilde and his friends. It is a combination of the words 'duds' and 'attitude'. Well you do now! Filled with fantastic facts and figures to amaze and intrigue . . . once you start reading you'll be hooked for hours!

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