Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Factopia!: Follow the Trail of 400 Facts by Kate Hale & illustrated by Andy Smith

My 11 year-old boy/girl twins spent a very happy pre-school morning looking through Factopia together. Exclamations of “Cool”, “Whoa” and “Look at this” went back and forth between them as they explored the pages. They love how all the facts are connected – one following on from another. As I listened, I found myself trying to work out the links.

Discussions about biofuels, panda poo and playing cards followed with one of them pausing to google firenadoes so they could see what they look like. When it was time to go to school, a bookmark was quickly found so they can continue reading this afternoon – the sign of a great book!

I’m sure there will be many more lively reading sessions to follow. It is lovely to see them enthusiastic about a non-fiction book full of fascinating facts about their world.

The bright orange cover is so appealing and a fact about Canadian doughnut lovers on the first page had them hooked (we’re Canadian). Inside, the bite-sized facts are easy to read and digest prompting thought and discussion long after the book has been closed. The illustrations are fun and dominate the page while the arrows between the facts prompt even the most reluctant reader to investigate further.

This book of “perfectly amazing facts” would be the perfect accompaniment to fact-loving Freddie in The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson.

Thank you to Laura Smythe PR & Britannica Books for this engaging and educational book that my children didn’t want to put down!

Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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