Everything You Need to Know about the World by Simon Eliot

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Do you know that tennis was invented by monks? What is the most dangerous crocodile on earth? How do you say "fart" in Romanian? What does the word "pet" mean in French? (Hint: it smells like a rotten egg.) How many ...

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Overview

From weird science to pop culture, bodily functions to animal behavior, stuff to wonder aloud on a long car trip to what we never even bother to think about, let this hilarious, irreverent kid's-eye view of life teach you Everything You Need to Know About the World.

Do you know that tennis was invented by monks? What is the most dangerous crocodile on earth? How do you say "fart" in Romanian? What does the word "pet" mean in French? (Hint: it smells like a rotten egg.) How many monarch butterflies fly from Canada to Mexico every year? What really happens to our bodies during puberty? How did the Foo Fighters get their name?

Welcome to the wacky, wonderful world of Simon Eliot

. . . a place where adults and curious kids alike can learn a few facts about things you never thought you knew, or thought you knew but were wrong, or were always afraid to ask.

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"A very entertaining, absorbing…miscellany of really cool stuff...a rather amusing, unconventional compendium of factual trivia."—-Magpies magazine "A mad and interesting miscellany of facts."—-New Zealand Post (a Children's Book Award finalist) "Absolutely compelling."—-January Magazine "Answers every question that any child has ever pondered in a funny and easy-to-read style. If you've ever wondered who invented the hamburger, or why spiders don't stick to their webs, or what 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey' really means - this is the book for you."—-Northern Rivers Family Magazine "A Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything for young readers. Funny and informative."—-The Sun Bookshop "If you know a child who loves to ask questions - from the clever to the quirky - this is just the book. It will offer up a steady dose of humor and fascinating facts that will delight any child. What's more, the format makes it perfect for kids daunted by long chapters."—-Today's Parent Toronto "Contains oodles of interesting facts and feats... Pack this one for long drives."—-M magazine, The Sunday Age "Your kid will love it!"—-Single Parent Bible
VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Jones tries hard to entertain in this haphazard collection of trivia and advice. He covers a mishmash of topics in a stream-of-consciousness style with no apparent rhyme or reason. The subjects include journeys and adventures, animals, famous people, food, music, inventions, art, fictional characters, and probably more about vomiting, toilets, and bodily functions than many readers will be able to stomach. The fictional author of the book, young Simon Eliot, states that whatever information he did not already know as a result of his "own genius," he found on the Internet. This raises concern about the authenticity of the facts presented. Some are questionable, such as the implication that human hair continues to grow indefinitely after death. According to World Book Encyclopedia (2007), hair cells only continue to grow for several hours. Many have already been published countless times and can just as easily be found in general encyclopedias or other reference sources. Some of Jones's wording is odd as in the statement, "Nobody knows how many stars there are in the world," and some of his advice is just plain corny, such as, "Haven't I seen you before? Oh yeah, it was in my dreams" under "fancy lines to use on girls.o This book has neither an index nor a source list, so it is not particularly useful as a resource for trivia. Nevertheless the large and varied print will most likely appeal to reluctant younger readers, who will also enjoy Jones's comical illustrations and jolly writing style.
KLIATT - Joanna Solomon
This appealing book is packed with useful information. Ranging from trivia about food to bodies to geography, it covers the basics with fun facts for everything. Designs and drawings illustrate the facts and make the book seem even more playful. Facts are presented in a partial Q&A format, with common inquiries such as "How big is the universe?" Other sections provide lists, such as "Old Dudes You Need to Know About" (more specifically, ancient philosophers and scientists). Writing for younger readers (though it can be enjoyed by any age reader), Eliot has created an excellent book, best for picking up casually and flipping through, because there is always some new piece of trivia that is interesting.
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Gr 5-8
Simon Eliot presents his own world of facts, taking his inspiration from spiders and creating "a kind of cobweb of stuff." The child explains that most of the information was "found out on the Web," while "the rest . . . is a result of my own genius." What follows is a collection of odd facts, loosely organized into broad sections ("Intestinal Stuff," "Famous Journeys & Adventures," "Important Inventions," "Sweaty Stinky Stuff," etc.). The tidbits range from the comical ("'Dead from the neck up' means someone who's really stupid") to the practical ("Elephants are usually gentle giants, but if annoyed they will go into a blind trampling rage"). Many also deal with toilets and body functions. Scratchy pen-and-ink illustrations appear throughout, including a drawing of breasts to accompany an entry on Amazons "who each cut off their right breast so they could better draw their bow and arrow." Rest assured, if your patrons don't know the word "crap," they will after meeting Simon. He is from New Zealand, so his perspective and language might occasionally confuse American readers. While funny and interesting, this book is not a necessary purchase.
—Sadie MattoxCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312359652
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Eliot is a kid who knows a lot of really cool stuff. Visit www.simoneliot.com to see some other neat things he's created.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    First off, this is a very hard book to categorize. Although non-fiction, this reference, encyclopedic, laugh-out-loud factual tome by the fictional Simon Eliot is instructional and funny - a feat not often accomplished! But if you're looking for obscure facts, outrageous data, and important info to make you look a whole lot smarter than you may actually be, then this is definitely the book for you! <BR/><BR/>Need to know when the first wedding in a public toilet took place? Simon can tell you it happened in Taiwan in 1996. Want to know how far monarch butterflies travel each year in their migration from Canada to Mexico? The answer is 1,864. Did you know that the first lawnmower was invented in 1830? It's true, and it's actually on display at the British Lawnmower Museum in Lancashire, UK. <BR/><BR/>These are only a few of the fun and outrageous facts you'll discover while reading EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD BY SIMON ELIOT. Although there are no clearly defined categories to the book, every once in awhile you'll find a header such as "Intestinal Stuff," "Old Dudes You Need to Hear About," "Stuff to Impress Your Kid Brother and Sister With...," and "Things We Say Without Really Thinking About." <BR/><BR/>This book would be a welcome addition to any home library, and kids from five to five hundred will be hard pressed to not learn something new when reading it.

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    First off, this is a very hard book to categorize. Although non-fiction, this reference, encyclopedic, laugh-out-loud factual tome by the fictional Simon Eliot is instructional and funny ¿ a feat not often accomplished! But if you¿re looking for obscure facts, outrageous data, and important info to make you look a whole lot smarter than you may actually be, then this is definitely the book for you! Need to know when the first wedding in a public toilet took place? Simon can tell you it happened in Taiwan in 1996. Want to know how far monarch butterflies travel each year in their migration from Canada to Mexico? The answer is 1,864. Did you know that the first lawnmower was invented in 1830? It¿s true, and it¿s actually on display at the British Lawnmower Museum in Lancashire, UK. These are only a few of the fun and outrageous facts you¿ll discover while reading EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD BY SIMON ELIOT. Although there are no clearly defined categories to the book, every once in awhile you¿ll find a header such as ¿Intestinal Stuff,¿ ¿Old Dudes You Need to Hear About,¿ 'Stuff to Impress Your Kid Brother and Sister With¿,¿ and ¿Things We Say Without Really Thinking About.¿ This book would be a welcome addition to any home library, and kids from five to five hundred will be hard pressed to not learn something new when reading it. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'

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