History FACTopia! is the latest book in this astonishing, innovative and imaginative series that has become one of my favourite non-fiction reads. Presenting non-fiction like never before, the land of FACTopia is a land like no other. Not only is it all kinds of awesomeness and fun but each fact is connected to the next, and often in the most surprising of ways. And this time, those whizzes at Britannica Books (yes, all facts are verified by Encyclopaedia Britannica and an extensive team of fact-checkers) have delved into history and cast the spotlight on the world’s glorious and sometimes gruesome past.
Welcome to History FACTopia! Are you ready to blast into the past? Hop aboard the historical express and blaze a trail through ancient civilisations, meet leaders and revolutionaries, quite literally dig up the past, have the stomach churned by some rather unusual practices, discover myths and legends and better understand how the world of today has been shaped and influenced by events and people throughout time…
In a series that never ceases to amaze, the fifth book, that now brings the total of FACTopia! facts to a whopping two-thousand, is another absolute corker. Delightfully entertaining and full of golden nuggets of trivia that will baffle and bewilder, astonish and wow, shock and gross-out, this fact-filled romp through yesteryear is a delicious smorgasbord of info served with lashings of humour and energy.
And there isn’t just one way to meander through these facts, the many additional paths that can be taken give a choose-your-own-adventure feel and this non-linear style will be a hit with children who can control a reading journey influenced by personal interests or having had curiosity piqued.
Forget large, cumbersome, text-heavy encyclopaedias, FACTopia! are the new and cool way to digest irresistible snippets of information and as a consumer of little known facts, bizarre trivia and random details I absolutely love them. Fresh, visually appealing and crammed with the kind of things that kids love to learn about, they are perfect for key stage two classrooms.
From the eye-catching front cover to the glossaries of terms, this is a historical hit that will be devoured by children and adults alike. Accessible, engaging and thoroughly enthralling, getting to grips with history has never been so much fun! Perfect for the curious, the inquisitive, the knowledge hungry, the fact collectors or anyone who wants to have their ribs tickled.
Recommended for 8+.
With huge thanks to Walker for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.