History FACTopia!

Follow Ye Olde Trail of 400 Facts

Illustrator: Andy Smith

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Britannica Books

FACTopia Series

Age 8+

History & The Past: General Interest

An enthralling and hilarious journey through global history in 400 connected facts!

In this blast-from-the-past adventure you’ll discover hundreds of the most mind-blowing facts from history. Hidden tombs, ghostly ships, boiled vipers, samurai warriors, snow machines, pet lions, hidden pyramids, secret codes, flaming fireballs, wooden swimsuits, sparkling jewels and many more are all woven together in this ingenious web of connected facts.

And there isn’t just one trail through these facts. Sometimes your path branches, and you can choose to fast forward or rewind to a completely different (but still connected) part of history. Where will your curiosity take you?


Paige Towler is an author and editor based in Washington, D.C., USA. A former editor for National Geographic Kids Books, she writes poetry about animals doing yoga and weird facts about the world.

Britannica Group is a global education leader with over 250 years of dedication to seeking out facts and providing insight into the mysteries of the universe. Britannica’s mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning helps build the world’s future thinkers and innovators.

Andy Smith is an award-winning illustrator and studied illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. His work combines illustration and typography to create images that have humour, energy and optimism executed with a handmade, hand-printed, tactile feel. He lives by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex.


Highly recommended.History FACTtopia! is the fifth book in this clever and very entertaining non-fiction series for children (and the adults in their lives). It is full of incredible information that is easily accessible for younger readers and is told with humour and colourful engaging images.


Delightfully entertaining and full of golden nuggets of trivia that will baffle and bewilder, astonish and wow, shock and gross-out, this fact-filled romp through yesteryear is a delicious smorgasbord of info served with lashings of humour and energy… From the eye-catching front cover to the glossaries of terms, this is a historical hit that will be devoured by children and adults alike. Accessible, engaging and thoroughly enthralling, getting to grips with history has never been so much fun! Perfect for the curious, the inquisitive, the knowledge hungry, the fact collectors or anyone who wants to have their ribs tickled.

A Word About Books

Light-hearted in tone, these books are perfect for sharing and children are sure to enjoy fact swapping as they discover the weird and wonderful, trivial and tantalising, gross and gripping facts about history they never knew they needed to know!

Through The Bookshelf

This book is for children and adults, as it has unbelievable, amazing, incredible, frequently funny facts about our world, the people and places in it… If you haven’t looked at any of the FACTopia books, you should, because they are an unforgettable experience.

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