My husband is full of trivia. He often tells me things that make me look at him incredulously and say, “Why do you know that?” My oldest daughter seems to have an affinity for random facts too. She loves telling me the littlest details from all the books that she reads. When recently offered the chance to review Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible written by Emmanuelle Figueras with illustrations from Alexandre Verhille and Sarah Tavernier from Little Gestalten in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity to add a new title to my home library and homeschool classroom.
Currently residing in the south of France, author Emmanuelle Figueras quickly developed a real passion for nature and wildlife watching. Working as a wildlife author and journalist for more than fifteen years, she works as a regular contributor to the press and writes for various magazines. She has written books for children and adults on the environment and animals. Not even a few years at the Faculty of Law could not divert her from her vocation as a journalist and documentary author.
Illustrator Alexandre Verhille illustrates maps for a variety of international newspapers and magazines. He draws inspiration from novelists like Jack Kerouac and Jack London and comic book writers like Hugo Pratt. When not working on new maps, he plans trips around the world and illustrates books for children and travel books.
Illustrator Sarah Tavernier is a colorist and designer who applies her color research to the domains of architecture, mural, illustration, and design. She is a visual artist and paper engineer who creates and adjusts systems of pop-up and pop books up for publishing youth. She and Alexandre Verhille founded l’Atelier Cartographik, a creative studio that offers visual solutions in illustrated map, data-visualization, and pop-up engineering.
Recommended for readers 8 and older beginning in third and fourth grade, Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible sets the bar for the best atlas of incredible world records. The pages of the book are filled with information about the biggest, strongest, fastest, loudest, and more. From mind-boggling feats of human endurance to the unimaginable extremes of the natural world, the atlas covers information in six categories and covers topics such as sports, architecture, animals, humans, technology, dinosaurs, space, and nature. The 48-page full-color hardback book currently costs $18.79 on Amazon with a list price of $24.95.
If your kiddos enjoy learning about the -est or most of the world, Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible is sure to please. My oldest daughter is almost seven and nearing the end of second grade of homeschooling. She absolutely loves Recordmania. Her first impression was that the book would help her with school. One of the workbook series that I have used with her the past couple of years was the Visual Guide series. She quite enjoys that Recordmania offers a similar visual format instead of a more conventional text-based information book.
I also enjoy the format of Recordmania. The table of contents introduces the six general categories: Smallest/Biggest, Lightest/Heaviest, Slowest/Fastest, Shortest/Longest, Quietest/Loudest, and Coldest/Hottest. If you are searching for a specific item, you can also browse through the alphabetical index. I personally like flipping through the pages and reading the tidbits of information. The illustrations add to the information without overpowering the trivia. As my oldest daughter says, “I love love love love love it!”
As a homeschooling mom, I consider Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible written by Emmanuelle Figueras and illustrated by Alexandre Verhille and Sarah Tavernier from Little Gestalten an excellent addition to any home library. Recommended for readers 8 and older, the full-color atlas covers information in six categories of incredible world records. The book offers a visual format that allows readers of all ages to casually flip through the information while learning a lot of interesting facts about the -est or most of the world. My oldest daughter loves the book and gives Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible her enthusiastic thumbs up!
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