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This clever, hugely entertaining book is further proof, if it were needed, that football is the best game in the world, and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can’t learn from studying it. Authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton teach physics through looking at the shape of the ball and how it is constructed; geography by examining pitches; business studies via the transfer market (of course); and psychology by studying managerial techniques (from Klopp to Fergie). They also include a section on ‘after school activities’, chapters specifically designed to help you improve your health and concentration skills. Even if you don’t much like football, you’ll be inspired and informed by this book, and it’s a real winner. ~ 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
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.
A fun and brilliantly compiled reference tool that answers all those niggly little questions that children put to adults all the time and often parents can’t answer. This really is a one-stop shop for a child to absorb many a fascinating fact without being a boffin.
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
For over 27 years, Top 10s have been delighting readers with fascinating lists and mindboggling facts. Ever wondered in which country you would find the fastest roller-coaster in the world? Or wanted to know the terrifying size of the biggest shark known to man? Ever wondered who could be the biggest selling musical artist of all time? This is the book for you.Top 10 of Everything 2018 is divided into genres including Epic Structures, Outer Space, Forces of Nature and Humankind, and includes lists, charts and tables to break down the details of each amazing fact. Packed full of photographs and incredible information, this is the perfect book for anyone with a curious mind and an insatiable appetite for facts, stats and trivia.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010. Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting Go with equally hard hitting The Ask and the Answer. Trying to escape, Todd and Viola fall into the hands of Mayor Prentiss. Separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd can tell there are some deep and dark secrets outside the town. Who are the mysterious Answer? As gripping as The Knife of Never Letting Go, this is a tough but compelling story which takes readers into shocking and moving territory. Winner of the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 - the judges acclaimed it as “a major achievement in the making” Shortlisted for the Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
My Big World is a terrific first look at our world for children aged 4+ to enjoy with their parents. It features a little girl called Koko and a little boy called Alex who ask questions about the world while the intrepid explorers go on adventures to find out how and where we live. Starting from inside the home, Koko and Alex move on to explore the wider world. There are lots of activities to do too throughout the book. Adults will probably help children with all the activities, but more complicated procedures, involving cutting and baking, are flagged as requiring adult supervision.
Totally off-limits to all grown-ups, this book is a MUST HAVE when you really need to mind your own business! Crammed with loads of cool sections for you to fill in and fun ideas to try from brilliant puzzles, great jokes, incredible inventions and secret files on friends and foes.
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
Winner of the 2010 Blue Peter 'Best Book with Facts' Award. Why can’t you tickle yourself? What is the best way to cure hiccups? Why do buses travel in threes? Loads of questions with some highly entertaining answers fill this information book with a difference. Fun to read, it is also full of some real facts as well as some amusing fantasies. It might even get even the most reluctant reader reading!!
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts Answers everywhere to questions you might never have thought of asking…Why does toast always fall butterside down? Why does sand come in different colours? Are grasshoppers and crickets the same? And, Do Igloos Have Loos? Entertaining answers to all of the above and many more make this a fun reference book.