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Return to Factopia

Return to Factopia

Published: 3 Mar 2022

Hardback, 208 pages

Recommended for age 7+ and 9+

By Britannica Group and Kate Hale

Illustrated by Andy Smith

Published by What on Earth Publishing Ltd

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Did you know that bacteria from between people's toes has been used to make cheese? Or that the world's most expensive cheese is made from donkey milk? Or that the milk from one species of cockroach is the most nutritious substance on Earth? Or that a cockroach can survive for weeks without its head?

Welcome back to FACTopia, a world of perfectly amazing facts, all of which are verified by Encyclopaedia Britannica! Every fact in the book is connected to the next in an ingenious trail of information, where you will hop from topic to topic in unexpected and hilarious ways. And there's not just one trail through these pages: sometimes your path branches and you can choose to jump to a totally different (but still connected) part of the book. Let your curiosity lead you through this witty wonderland of facts!

Reviewed by Karen Golding

Return to Factopia is a wonderful book of facts. It is filled with over 400 hundred facts ranging from the odd (astronauts have left bags of poo on the moon) to the lifesaving (there’s a tiny amount of gold in very phone) to the useful (eels have poisonous blood). Andy Smith has done a fantastic job of illustrating the book. Each picture helps to explain its accompanying fact in a humorous and child-friendly way. They complement well the many bizarre, yet interesting facts we never knew we needed to know from Kate Hale.

The book leads you on a journey through its pages and provides clear instructions such as turn over or next page. If this were in any book corner then pupils would regularly pick it up to help them find out stuff or to just read for pleasure. If can find one thing that prevents it from being perfect, it is that it is very full and may be overwhelming for children who cannot cope with too much information on a page or have sensory overload.

Oh, how I wish it were around when I was in KS2. It would also make a perfect present for this age group.

Although a qualified teacher, I am presently working as a teaching assistant and home tutor to children who require extra support ( albeit sats, GCSE or 11+ prep). I am on year 1 of a 5 year EdD at LSBU and intend to focus on Childrens Literature. I enjoy gardening, shopping, eating , going to the gym and am trying to learn to swim. And I've just moved from Croydon to Westgate on Sea in Thanet so am going to take to the cold water !