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Author: Arlon, Penelope
Publisher: Scholastic
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780545826266
Grades: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Facts, The

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Love fun facts? You’ll love this book!
People who love learning about the world around them will enjoy this book which covers a wide range of topics.  The book is divided into sections about the natural world, science and technology, and everyday life e.g. language, sports, making it appealing to a wide audience.  The format of each page varies greatly, drawing readers in with the colourful graphics (enlarged photos, diagrams, numerical data, digital graphics) which are enhanced by the use of digital editing tools.  As a result, the book is visually stimulating.  The text is broken up into short paragraphs, lists or simple sentences, making it easy-to-read by children aged mid-elementary and above. Interactive surveys/quizzes interspersed throughout the book allows readers to rate themselves in different roles, e.g. an endangered species, as an element in the periodic table, as a famous scientist, where you should live, or even which job you are most geared towards.  The answers to the quizzes at the back of the book provide a guide for tabulating the outcome to each question. The scientific reliability of these surveys is questionable but engaging nevertheless.  There is a table of contents and index making it easy to locate and relocate interesting facts about different topics. This will be a popular book in any school library and would be better suited if it had a hard-cover, as it will get lots of wear and tear.

For today’s learners, this book will be a great addition to any personal book collection or school library’s generalities section of the non-fiction in an elementary school.

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