Guinness World Records 2012

by Nancy


Did you ever wonder what’s the longest distance traveled on a pogo stick while simultaneously juggling? How big is the largest collection of cat memorabilia? What animal has the longest pregnancy? (4 miles, 21,321 cat items, the frilled shark at 42 months) If so, you need to get your hands on a copy of Guinness World Records 2012.

The newest edition of this collection of superlatives has the usual feats of size, strength and speed, in addition to an extended Olympics feature to commemorate London’s third time hosting the games, a newly organized sports section and a superlative history of the world. Each page is jam-packed with pictures and additional facts about certain records, e.g. the description of the largest cream-filled cookie (over 34 lbs.) is accompanied by details about how long it took to bake, as well as the odd fact that custard creams are the most dangerous cookie according to insurance companies. Who knew?

New records and those that have been updated are marked as such, and the book includes instructions on how to earn your own GWR certificate, an index organized by subject and superlative, and an In Memorium section honoring record holders who passed away in the last year.

If you have kiddos (or adults) in your house like mine that are amazed by the farthest distance covered by a water slide in four hours (199.27 miles) or the fact that Mars’s Olympus Mons, and not Mount Everest, is the tallest known mountain, then Guinness World Records 2012 belongs on your bookshelf.

You can win Guinness World Records 2012 (U.S. shipping addresses only please)! Just leave a comment if you’d like to win your own copy of this amazing fact-filled book. We’ll announce the winner in our book giveaway column on May 9. This giveaway is closed.

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We are happy to a part of Scholastic’s Parent Circle. Each month, one of our reviewers will select a book from that month’s Scholastic Book Club flyers. I selected Guinness World Records 2012 from May’s Lucky flyer.

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Nancy enjoys reading, cross stitch and carting her kids to sports practices and games. She chronicles life with her boys and books at Life With My Boys and Book

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1 jen thomas April 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

My boys would love this book


2 Chuck April 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

I have not read one of these in years, sure allot has changed.


3 Martha C April 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

Love to have this for my library. What kid does not LOVE this book!!!


4 Sandra K321s April 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

My kids love these books, even though one is in college and the other will be soon. There’s just something about the weird facts.


5 Jennifer April 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

I love facts like these. So cool… Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
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6 Anne April 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

Interesting and unique. Many thanks.


7 Beth C April 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I hsd one of these years ago – love to have an updated one!


8 Cindy Brooks April 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Our grandson loves looking at these record books!
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9 Stacie Gorkow April 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I always loved these books as a kid and now our kids love to read them and find out all the weird things people do to get a world record!
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10 Jessica T April 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm

My kids would love this!


11 Britney April 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

Would LOVE to win this book.


12 Angie April 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

I’ve been wanting to get this book! Thanks for the chance!
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13 Nancy May 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Angie, you won! Please reply to this email with your address and we’ll pass it along to Scholastic.
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14 Jeff April 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

Good book to check out.


15 Shari April 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

When I was a kid, I LOVED reading these books. It has been years since I’ve seen one. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance!


16 Angela E. April 30, 2012 at 12:15 am

Would like to read this again, newer things to read up on.


17 Bin April 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

My son would LOVE this. We could read it to prep for the Olympics, too!


18 June April 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Have not read one of these since I was a kid.


19 Garrett April 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Have always liked reading these.


20 Van May 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

These are so interesting to read.


21 Barb May 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Fun! My daughter loves these books and pores over them, amazing us with fun facts she has picked up.


22 Don May 2, 2012 at 9:03 am

Use to read these all the time, bet things have changed since the last one I read.


23 Staci A May 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

My 7 year old would love this. He enjoys learning new facts and quizzing us on them.


24 Lori May 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Filled with all sorts of neat information.


25 Sandra U. May 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

I would LOVE to have this! My kids and I love reading through the Guinness World Records to see all the neat things.


26 Anita Yancey May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I have always liked Guinness World Records, so I would love to have this book. Please enter me. Thanks!


27 samantha w May 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

These books are always fun


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