Fun Facts Books

Posted on November 23, 2010. Filed under: Nonfiction |

The library has recently acquired four books full of fascinating information and illustrations that are a fun to peruse. Here’s a brief summary of each:

The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson; Illustrations by Ted Dewan

Did you know that vampire bat saliva is used for the most powerful blood thinner drug in the world? How about the fact that a young albatross may stay aloft for 10 years after taking flight? These facts and more are contained in this book that covers a wide diversity of creatures from the aardvark to the worm.

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
by Theodore Gray; Photographs by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann

I never thought I’d be so engrossed in a book about the elements on the periodical table, yet each 2 page spread on a singular element drew my attention like a magnet (which shows up on the iron page). The photographs in this book really brought the elements to life for me. The author provides a nice blend of technical information (provided on a side bar in a clear manner), pictures of common items that possess the element, and interesting facts and historical information. This book is great for science neophytes like myself as well as lovers of the elements.

Guinness World Records 2011

Ever wonder what the largest object transported by air is? Where the largest artificial reef is located? What the rarest lizard is? Where to get the largest “full English” breakfast? What is the longest continuously running play in the world? All of these facts and more are located in this newest version of the Guinness World Records book.

Lives of the trees : an uncommon history
by Diana Wells ; illustrated by Heather Lovett

In the introduction of this book, the author states that her book is geared to the layperson instead of the tree experts. I would agree with this assessment. Diana provides interesting information about each tree highlighted without getting bogged down in the scientific minutia. The author does provide some scientific information, but she also provides many anecdotes about each tree discussed, including historical facts, mythology and the cultural impact of each tree.

–posted by Gretchen Schneider

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