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Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird and Totally Not Boring Things To Know- Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published October 7th 2017
Trivia in cartoon form

From Mike Lowery, author and illustrator of The Kid's Awesome Activity Calendar and Doodle Adventures, comes this little book which does what it says on the tin. Adapted from the author's daily sketch book in which he liked to draw random things he had learned about and found interesting, Random Illustrated Facts is full of odd little snippets about history, animals, food and drinks, science and everyday things.

random illustrated facts, facts about pirates, pirate eye patches
It be untrue, probably, since having limited depth perception would be a fairly serious problem on a working sailing ship. Yarrr.

Not everything in this book is reliably 100% true (for example, there doesn't seem to be any actual historical evidence for the one about pirates' eye patches, not all diamonds are "at least 999,000,000 years old", and contrary to popular belief eating celery doesn't burn more calories than it contains) but if you're interested you can always look for more information about these facts elsewhere. A few of them made me want to know more about a particular topic, so this book would probably be great for sparking curiosity about history or science in children and adults. The drawings are cute too.

Random Illustrated Facts
is a fun book for lovers of trivia, or anyone looking for some new interesting conversation points to bring up at parties.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Workman Publishing Company, Via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: October 31 2017
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