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.
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.