Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Return to FACTopia by Kate Hale & Andy Smith ~ Blog Tour

My children and I were thrilled to find out not only is FACTopia back with a second book packed full of amazing facts BUT it is the second in an 8 book series!

We loved the first FACTopia book – it absolutely captured my 11-year-old twins imaginations and allowed them to share a book with lively discussion, thoughtful questions and lots of laughs. Return to FACTopia has grabbed their attention again! Whether it’s the sound of the northern lights, glittery bat poo, music composed for cats or the world’s largest waterfall (underneath the ocean), there is something for everyone.

One of the best things about this book is that it’s a bit like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. Each fact is linked to the next by a common element. Children can follow on fact to fact with the opportunity to break off and follow the thread of specific topic on another page in the book. This non-linear reading experience allows children to follow their interests and dip in and out at will, creating a true reading for pleasure experience.

The illustrations are immense! Bright, colourful, and huge – they are cleverly combined with the facts to draw readers’ eyes around the entire page. With 400 facts and 200 pages, this is a book that will last. Children will be able to come back to it again and again, each time finding something new and completely fascinating.

Kate Hale is a writer, editor and professional fun fact enthusiast. A former executive editor for National Geographic Kids’ Books, she’s edited or written about everything from dog communication to wacky roadside attractions, biographies of inspiring scientists to profiles of the cutest animals on Earth. Kate also co-created and hosted the award-winning kids radio program The Weird but True Show! on SiriusXM, which covers weird but totally true facts about the human body, animals, space and everything in between. When she’s not hunting for new facts, Kate enjoys gardening, playing video games, and planning road trips to national parks. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. with her husband and rescue dog. Follow Kate on twitter @katehalestorm 

Andy Smith is an award-winning illustrator and a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. His work combines illustration and typography to create images that have a handmade feel, with plenty of humour, energy and optimism. When not working, Andy can be found in the studio screen printing books and posters. He lives by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex, UK. Follow Andy on Instagram @andysmithdraws 

You can read my review from the original FACTopia blog tour here:

Make sure to check out the rest of the posts on this fun blog tour!

Thank you to Britannica Books & Laura Smythe for this brilliant book!

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

Books by Kate Heap:

Contemporary Children’s Literature: Years 3/4

Nonfiction: Years 5/6

Nonfiction: Years 3/4

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