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Everything You Need to Know About the World


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Simon Eliot is a kid who knows a lot of really cool stuff - like that the buttock is the largest human muscle. Visit to see some other cool stuff he has created.


Gr 4-6-This wacky collection (St. Martin's Griffin, 2007) of sometimes practical and sometimes bizarre facts by New Zealander Simon Eliot is sure to appeal to kids who love trivia books. The facts are a "cobweb of stuff" according to the author, and that is also a good way to describe how they are presented. There are some general categories including "Intestinal Stuff" and "Old Dudes You Need to Know About" and "Cool Stuff to Impress Your Relatives." A multitude of subjects are included from science and music to history and pop culture. While facts from many countries and the natural world are covered, the focus is western civilization. Some of the facts are loosely connected in sequence, such as how Peter Pan flies segueing into how birds fly. Others are presented much more randomly. There is fascinating historical and cultural information, but there are also some gross facts and occasional vulgar words that may be considered inappropriate for children. Stig Wemyss's narration is what really makes this presentation dynamic. He uses a variety of voices, vocal styles, and occasional noises to narrate the trivia, all complemented by his Australian accent. This unusual offering will appeal to kids as well as adults who are curious about all aspects of the world-including some things that you might be better off not knowing!-Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'Fascinating facts; tantalizing trivia. Rude, funny, weird, wired and wonderful stuff.'MagpiesNovember 2006'Children and teenagers will devour the quirky facts and amusing tidbits in this ever-so-entertaining book...a bit like an encyclopedia minus the boring bits and provides copious conversation fodder.'Newcastle Herald24 February 2007'A very amusing book in hand-written style, for 6-10, especially boys, will find this book hilariously funny!'Reading Time51:1'Read it and impress the parentals!'ManiaDecember 2006

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