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on 16 November 2007
This book has almost packaged itself too well - it looks like it's designed for adults, along the lines of "Does anything eat wasps?". A closer examination reveals that this is in fact a brilliant, brilliant kids book for the intelligent, enquiring kid who is somewhere between primary and secondary school. It's gorgeously designed, with colour "question"pages - which aim to answer a range of mostly science-based questions (such as, "Will your stomach explode if you eat too much?" or "Why is the sea salty?") - facing monochrome "activity" pages with experiments and other interactive questioning which the reader is encouraged to fill in. What really puts this book ahead of similar offerings is that the information is well-researched, up-to-date, yet nevertheless pitched perfectly at its target audience (The two pages on "why are farts smelly?" encourage the reader to make such distinctions as "Who seems to enjoy farting most?" and "who seems to be most embarassed when they fart?"). I think this book will discreetly encourage an interest in science while seeming to be rude, fun and mildly subversive; I think it's great and almost too good for kids! (No, I'm not the author, I picked it up in a charity shop for 25p!!!)
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on 22 August 2007
If you're looking for a way to simultaneously increase your knowledge and wow your friends with your infinite brainiac abilities, than this is definitely the book for you!

101 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW...AND SOME YOU DON'T! includes just that -- 101 sometimes interesting, sometimes obscure, sometimes downright gross facts about everything from science, nature, and animals to the universe, history, and the human body.

Some of my favorites include "What is the worse smell ever?" Answer: a toss-up between a skunk, a corpse flower, and durian fruit, which smells like raw sewage. Or "Are you only ever a few feet from a rat in a big city?" Answer: pretty much, yes. Which, when you think about it, is quite disgusting. "How much does the earth weigh?" Answer: a little over 13 million billion billion pounds. And you thought you needed to go on a diet!

The book also includes handy-dandy stickers, which you can use to mark your progress when you've learned a new fact, additional facts and data that (mostly) have something to do with the fact you've just mastered, and extras such as a checklist, extra paper, and a list where you can mark down things you'd like to know that weren't covered in the book.

So, although this is a book that can most assuredly make you look smart(er) in front of your friends, results aren't guaranteed to last forever -- unless you put a little brain power into it!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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on 16 July 2011
This book came on time which i was very happy about! I just expected it to be some facts about everything in life, but then when i opend it there was a a page of the facts and on the other page it had things you could fill in! When reading this book i found out loads of random things that are about life, for example, why is the sky blue?, why is the sea salty? and what is the worst smell ever? Since i am only 11 i have to go to school, so when i went to school i told my friends all about the stuff in my book, and they were amazed about how much i knew! So they said where did i get the book from, so i said Amazon and there going to buy it too! So 100/100, brilliant book!
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on 8 August 2012
This book wasn't what i expected, I'm 17 years old, and i didn't expect it to be so childish and have stickers and you'd have to fill it in and complete the pages. Although i did learn some interesting facts and did give it to my younger sister and she loves it!
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If you're looking for a way to simultaneously increase your knowledge and wow your friends with your infinite brainiac abilities, than this is definitely the book for you!

101 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW...AND SOME YOU DON'T! includes just that -- 101 sometimes interesting, sometimes obscure, sometimes downright gross facts about everything from science, nature, and animals to the universe, history, and the human body.

Some of my favorites include "What is the worse smell ever?" Answer: a toss-up between a skunk, a corpse flower, and durian fruit, which smells like raw sewage. Or "Are you only ever a few feet from a rat in a big city?" Answer: pretty much, yes. Which, when you think about it, is quite disgusting. "How much does the earth weigh?" Answer: a little over 13 million billion billion pounds. And you thought you needed to go on a diet!

The book also includes handy-dandy stickers, which you can use to mark your progress when you've learned a new fact, additional facts and data that (mostly) have something to do with the fact you've just mastered, and extras such as a checklist, extra paper, and a list where you can mark down things you'd like to know that weren't covered in the book.

So, although this is a book that can most assuredly make you look smart(er) in front of your friends, results aren't guaranteed to last forever -- unless you put a little brain power into it!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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on 4 May 2012
Bought this book as part of my 10 year old grandson's Easter gift . He loved it and rang me hours after receiving it to tell me he was loving it and could'nt put it down. Bought this book through Amazon, so convenient when I can't leave the house .
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on 13 February 2017
12 year old daughter seemed to enjoy it
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