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Feb 09 2017

Guinness World Records 2017: Blockbusters! by Guinness World Records

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Guinness World Records, 2017. ISBN 9781910561492
(Age: 8+) Recommended. The Contents page tells it all: Watch the most popular movies and TV shows, Browse the most popular online happenings, Read the most popular books, Play the record breaking games, Go to conventions and parks, and Consume food and entertainment brands. There is also a very extensive index.
Like other Guinness record books, this begs to be browsed through. I was very taken with the large and fascinating section Read, which had lists of popular books, and interview with Wimpy Kid author, Jeff Kinney, information on David Walliams and many other books. It also looks at Dr Seuss, movies with dystopian themes based on books like the Hunger Games and Divergent, and an interview with James Dashner. This section is sure to encourage kids to pick up books that have been made into movies or have become hugely popular.
Other sections like Play, look at the records for the most popular games around like the largest Lego brick Mammoth and Moa, the people who build Lego for a living and fabulous cool constructions.
All the sections are illustrated with brightly coloured photographs, with enough text to tantalise the reader but not frustrate those who don't want to spend hours reading. There is even a section of Blockbuster challenges that kids can try for themselves.
Like other Guinness World record books this is sure to be extremely popular with everyone.
Pat Pledger

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