In the summer we attended a Guinness World Records and Thomson event at Whipsande Zoo and JJ attempted to break a world record for the most hats worn at one time. Sadly during his official adjudicated attempt the hats all fell off his head and we had tears but he still had a great time and we know that he smashed the record, it just was not recorded.
Attendance at this event really increased JJ's interest in Guinness World Records and when he learnt they would send him the book to review he really was jumping for joy. I have to say that the book proved to be an excellent travelling companion for our three hour journey to Norfolk. That day JJ was happy to regale me with astonishing facts and kept trying to show me the glossy pictures but that proved a tad difficult as I was the driver.
Let me share with you some of the facts I learnt during this car journey -
- Hong Kong is the city with the most skyscrapers. They have an estimated combined height of 205 miles. Who'd have known?
- Richard Lecce from the USA has the most video games - 8,068 different titles at the last official count in 2011.
- Medusa, the python is the longest living snake, she is 25ft 2inches long - ekk!
- The world heaviest twins had a combined birth weight of 27lb 12oz - mine had a combined birth weight of 11lb 12oz, bit of a difference! lol
- A man from Argentina has the most pierced face with 280 of them. Can you even imagine?
I'd happily recommend the 2013 Guinness World Records book as a great Christmas present for your child or a niece/ nephew. I think the book is equally suitable for a girl or boy and will probably be most enjoyed by a child aged seven years plus, so they can ably read the book themselves and be big enough to hold it (it is pretty big and heavy). The book is hardback and the pages are glossy and very high quality. All the facts are presented in a visually pleasing way and really engage kids. This year there is a free download app for your iPhone or iPad which allows you to view some of the pictures in the book in 3D. It really is a nice extra and quite amazing, you have to see it to believe it.
The Guinness World records 2013 book has hardly been put own since JJ received it. I even noticed the other day that it was going to school with him most days. Apparently a few of them read it at break time. It is certainly pretty common to walk in his room and find him on his bed like this -
Do you think this makes him a nerd? A very nice nerd though surely?
The Guinness World Records 2013 book has an RRP of £20 but I notice it is currently just £9 on Amazon and that is a complete bargain!
Disclosure: We received this book free of charge for the purposes of this review. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.