Follow the Trail of 400 Facts

Illustrator: Andy Smith

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Britannica Books

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FACTopia Series

Age 8+

Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction

Enter a world of astounding facts which connect to each other in surprising and hilarious ways!

Did you know that a squid has a brain the shape of a doughnut? Or that some butterflies drink turtle tears? Welcome to FACTopia!, a marvellous place where every fact is delightful and astounding! Each fact in the book is connected to the next in an enthralling web of information. These connections are wacky and wonderful - you will move from facts about dinosaurs to facts about eggs to facts about goats. This ingenious and playful book is a fact-filled adventure trail and launches a major new series.


Kate Hale is a writer, editor and professional fun fact finder. A former executive editor for National Geographic Kids' Books, she’s edited or written about everything from dog communication to wacky roadside attractions, biographies of inspiring scientists to profiles of the cutest animals on Earth. Kate also co-created and hosted the award-winning kids radio program The Weird But True Show! on SiriusXM, which covers weird but totally true facts about the human body, animals, space and everything in between. When she’s not hunting for new facts, Kate enjoys gardening, playing video games, and planning road trips to national parks. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. with her husband and rescue dog.

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. When not working, Andy can be found in the studio screen printing books and posters. He lives by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex, UK. His favourite colour is blue.


A goldmine of incredible information presented by linking one fact to the next.


This coruscating cornucopia of extraordinary facts is truly a fun and fact-filled reading adventure.

Lancashire Evening Post

The bright orange cover is so appealing … Inside, the bite-sized facts are easy to read and digest prompting thought and discussion long after the book has been closed. The illustrations are fun and dominate the page while the arrows between the facts prompt even the most reluctant reader to investigate further.

Scope for Imagination

A bright and bold addition to my bookshelf.


There’s something for everyone in this compelling and highly readable mini-encyclopedia. This brightly illustrated small hardback is an ideal resource for children to dip into.

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