In 2019 I featured the first BRAIN CANDY book for kids. I’m a kid at heart because this big adult also enjoyed the fun format filled with facts. I was happy to see a second book in the series released and I spent the holidays with it close by my side.
Here are a few spoilers from the hundreds of facts presented:
- Squids have BLUE BLOOD.
- U.S President Calvin Coolidge hid under his desk to trick his bodyguards
- The inside of a Grizzly Bear’s nose is 100 times bigger than a human’s.
The book itself is not more than a about 6.5 inches square, making it ideal for car trips or filling in the “I’m bored” time. Colorful photographs accompany the facts making it a feast for the eyes. There are no chapters so you don’t know until turning the page what might come next. A handy index covers all the topics. More than two thirds of the pages cover the animal world, but you’ll also find facts about people and the solar system.
Here’s the official synopsis:
So you know that the speed of light is fast: 229,792,458 miles per second. But what does that really mean? It means that at the speed of light, you could reach the moon in 1.3 seconds. How long to travel to the sun? Just 8 minutes. And in 4.6 hours, you could reach Pluto at 4.6 billion miles away! If you like seeing far-out facts in a new light, the second book in the colorful Brain Candy series takes a deep (and delicious) dive into numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics. It’s a novel approach to feeding kids smart snackable bites about the world and is sure to be an addictive addition to the bookshelves of Weird But True! and Just Joking fans.
A great book you can pass around to be enjoyed by friends and family. You’ll be anxious to get it back as these facts deserve more than one reading. BRAIN CANDY 2 is available in paperback or library binding and that’s a fact!
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I love these small National Graphic books you share. They are something a kid could pick up and put down. Perfect for travel — as it would engage the entire family. Look forward to eventually giving them to my great grandson, who likes facts. Maybe a year from now.
I love this kind of book as well. Calvin Coolidge a trickster? Who knew? Thanks for telling me about this one.