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Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there’s no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into ‘lessons’ – biology, history, physics etc – each of which is packed with fascinating football related information. Business studies looks at footballers’ wages, why they’re paid so much, and where the money comes from; zoology considers famous club mascots; drama looks at goal celebrations ( the Oscar goes to the Icelandic team of Stjarnan and it’s well worth googling them to see why). There are lots of diagrams and cartoon illustrations throughout too and as a football/trivia/information book this is really hard to beat. ~ Andrea Reece
Packed with interesting and useful information on a range of important subjects areas, from geography (a section called Around the World), to music, natural history, space and architecture, and filled with bright, appealing illustrations, this book will keep curious youngsters entertained for hours. In each subject section there are facts on early discoveries through to up-to-date information on its current state or new developments and all presented in tempting bite-sized paragraphs of text. If you want to find out more on anything you’ve discovered, the book provides internet links to useful websites. ~ Andrea Reece
This is a scrapbook with a difference. Yes, readers are asked to record the usual information about themselves, from their height to what kind of house they live in to their dream holiday, but it also tests how ambidextrous they are, and how embarrassing Mum is. At the same time it’s packed with all sorts of unusual and interesting facts on all sorts of things from swimming pools to board games. It’s great fun and kids are likely to return to this book long after the write-in pages have been completed. ~ Andrea Reece
Nature lovers of all ages will find lots to laugh at in this totally nutty book which contains hundreds of jokes based on the British countryside and its wildlife. To give you a flavour of what to expect: why don’t owls go courting in the rain? It’s too wet to woo. Geddit? As well as the jokes there are lots of strange and unusual facts about the animals around us all illustrated in typically inky and vibrant style by Sarah Horne. Lots of fun to dip into wherever you are, but this could be just the thing to take on a country walk or journey to the seaside. ~ Andrea Reece The Editor at Nosy Crow says “For anyone that loves being outdoors, or even anyone that just enjoys a good chuckle, this is the book to get you laughing. Ned the Nature Nut’s terrific compilation of jokes will have children roaring with laughter!”
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | December 2016 Fascintating Facts Book of the Month A visually stunning collection of facts and figures for all the family to enjoy. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about different types of knots or how Morse code works? Each illustration by James Brown is both beautiful and enlightening, and is accompanied by an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, there is a world of information at your fingertips in this book which is a real delight to browse through.
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there’s no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into ‘lessons’ – biology, history, physics etc – each of which is packed with fascinating football related information. Business studies looks at footballers’ wages, why they’re paid so much, and where the money comes from; zoology considers famous club mascots; drama looks at goal celebrations ( the Oscar goes to the Icelandic team of Stjarnan and it’s well worth googling them to see why). There are lots of diagrams and cartoon illustrations throughout too and as a football/trivia/information book this is really hard to beat. ~ Andrea Reece
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual is an international bestseller and it’s easy to see why. With its mix of bizarre facts, and facts about the bizarre, plus quizzes, puzzles, games and activities, this will provide kids with hours of fun. There are sections on animals, geography and natural wonders, travel and food amongst other things. The pages are bright and attractive, full of amazing photographs of course. ~ Andrea Reece
The renaissance in non-fiction and information books continues apace as publishers create beautiful books that inform and inspire readers. This is just such a book: ten accomplished artists each explore a chosen topic over a double page spread – though as each page also features a giant flap, they actually have space to work across six pages. Beneath the flaps readers can see what is happening within, so Thomas Pullin takes us inside some of the world’s different houses, from Musgum mud hut, to cave house and Japanese dentoutekina; Barbara Bakos takes readers inside the space shuttle; and Chester Bentley dissects a volcano. There’s a huge amount of information beautifully presented. This is a book for young readers to pore over, and one that really does provide a fresh perspective on our world. ~ Andrea Reece
November 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Numbers are like magic keys to the world’s most exciting things, says Jer Thorp, one of a number of cool people working in maths and numbers interviewed for By the Numbers. That’s certainly the line the book takes, presenting page after page of numbers that amaze and inform us equally. For example, 7 billion people live on Earth and, to give that some sort of perspective, it would take 200 years to count to 7 billion out loud. Different information graphics help bring the numbers to life, so that readers understand the story behind them, and the book explains what infographics is all about too. You’ll look at numbers in a whole new way! ~ Andrea Reece
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Book with Facts FactFeed is full of amazing facts, some which will genuinely change the way you see the world. It’s divided into three different sections: the natural world; science and technology; and everyday life. Each one is full of mind-blowing facts and illustrated with bright graphics and photos. There’s a double page devoted to the end of the world, and another to crisp flavours; one on inventions, and another on the top parasites; plus regular quizzes to test what kind of person you are, e.g. which volcanic eruption are you, or which world-changing invention are you – options include the vacuum cleaner, soap and the wheel. It’s fun and light-hearted, perfect for dipping into, and will keep browsers entertained for hours. ~ Andrea Reece
We take so much for granted these days – we flick a switch and a light comes on, push bread into a toaster and it pops up toasted, flush the loo without thinking about what’s happening in the tank, let alone anywhere else. But how do these machines and gadgets that we use every day actually work? With the help of colourful cross-section diagrams, and a host of little people shown acting out the various processes involved, this book explains. There’s lots here, from microwave ovens to jet aircraft, all dissected across double page spreads (though making a pizza and sending mail get gatefolds) and it all makes for fascinating reading! A quirky, unusual and useful information book. ~ Andrea Reece
Pick up this book and just look at what you will find. Crikey! That's dead scary. If all the dead people on earth came back to like as zombies there would be 101 billion zombies in the world. Aagh! Run for your life! Check your worryometer! If you see a tiger shark be very afraid, it will eat you. On the other hand if it's a zebra shark - did you know they don't attack people? Safe! Is there anybody there? Messaging home from outer space can take forever! If you're on Venus, a message sent would reach home in 8 minutes and from Neptune it would take over 4 hours! Better check you're in range. Seeing RED! You'll have to travel all the way to Antarctica to see a red waterfall. It's called Blood Falls and the water is turned red by the element iron. WOW! Top trunks! Find out all the things an elephant does with it's trunk. He would die without it. GAV! GAV! It's barking, literally, a dog bark in Russian. You'll find many of the noises animals make in different languages. WOOF! WOOF! How cool is that!