The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts by Jane Wilsher ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Nonfiction
Published: 25 May 2021 by Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Page count: 112 (print)
My Format: ebook via NetGalley
Cover: Eye-catching
Pacing: N/A
Ending: N/A  
Do I Recommend: Mostly yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts

My rating: ★★★☆

Test your knowledge with 500 perplexing questions to bamboozle and delight trivia buffs both young and old with The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts.

How many kinds of germs live in your bellybutton? Which creature takes a three-year-long nap? If someone asked you to spare a zeptosecond, how long would that be? Has the Leaning Tower of Pisa ever been straight? And what exactly happens to an astronaut’s dirty laundry?

The dazzling facts are accompanied by bright, whimsical illustrations and the questions are organized into 10 chapters: Human Body, Science and Technology, Animals, Natural World, Space, Mindbending Stuff, History, Customs and Culture, Our World, and Arts and Entertainment.

My Thoughts
Here are my pros and cons for The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts:


  1. I liked the format. Each section contains short question and answer blurbs and you can read them in order, out of order, or in whatever way you want.
  2. There are a lot of mini-illustrations throughout the book that support some of the individual questions/answers. Most of them are cute and/or funny.
  3. The information is written in language that is easy to understand.
  4. This book could be fun on family road trips and it might result in some interesting discussions!
  5. There is a glossary and an index at the back of the book.


  1. There are a significant amount of potty humor facts about burping, butts, flatulence, snot, poop, etc. This may not be a con for some, but I thought I’d at least mention it here.
  2. Not everything presented in the book is a fact. Some are suppositions, estimates, and simply what is believed to be true.
  3. Some of the illustrations are a little strange. For those who might care, there is at least one illustration of a bare butt.

I actively sought out books like this when I was a kid. I loved learning random trivia about various things and this book presents that kind of information in a fun, readable way. If your child is like I was, they’ll enjoy reading this.

This book is 112 pages long and is written for reading ages 7 to 9.

Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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