Gross FACTopia!

Follow the Trail of 400 Foul Facts

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Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Britannica Books

FACTopia Series

Age 8+

General Knowledge & Trivia

In this disgustingly marvellous world, you will discover facts about smelly sports, weird world records, rank rodents, vile Victorians, horrible medicine, gory gastronomy and more – all of which are connected in unexpected and hilarious ways!

Did you know that sloths poo only once a week? Or that poo from crocodiles was sometimes used as make-up in ancient Rome? Or that ancient Romans sometimes purchased vials of gladiator sweat? Or that apes and monkeys sweat from their armpits just like humans do? Welcome to Gross FACTopia!, a wonderland of fantastically foul facts, all of which are verified by Encyclopedia Britannica! Every fact in this book is linked to the next in an ingenious trail of information, where you will slither from topic to topic in surprising and stomach-churning ways. Sometimes your path branches, and you can catapult forwards or creep backwards to a totally different (but still connected) part of the book. Follow your curiosity (and your nose) through this ridiculously revolting world of facts!


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, weird facts about the world and silly stories about snakes and bats.

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, UK.


With visually appealing and cleverly presented illustrations using bright colours and at times modified photographs, this book has so much to entertain and engage readers, both young and old. A must have book for lovers of all things gross!

Read Plus

From chickens in nappies to nose-picking giraffes, the honeybee’s hairy eyeballs and the hundred daily times a mouse might poo, this compendium of foul facts is gruesomely captivating – its bright, splashy, inviting pages should appeal strongly to (gross) trivia 7+ fans.

The Guardian

If you are fascinated by gross things and you like facts, this book is for you. It tells you about history and weird and horrible facts on subjects such as rats or baseball… So settle in for some revolting but funny discoveries.

The Geelong Advertiser

Bright covers and luminous fonts have them standing out from the crowd and readers will be arguing over who gets to read first. With a mammoth assortment of fascinating and frightening facts, these latest additions to the series guarantee giggles, gasps and the odd scream (Gross FACTopia! is definitely not for the squeamish) and will have children desperate to share the facts with anyone who will listen. Brilliant stuff!

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