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May 04 2016

Blockbusters Guinness World Records 2016 - The Records behind the year's Smash Hits!

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Guinness, 2016. ISBN 9781910561461
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Subjects: Reference; Encyclopaedias; General Knowledge. Blockbusters is another amazing reference book from the Guinness World Records team, the authority on all things trivia. Seven fact-filled sections - Movies, Comics and Books, Tech, Music, TV, Apps and Online, and Toys, there's something for everyone who enjoys entertainment, reading, collecting and Cosplay.
Star Wars, Frozen, Jurassic World and The Avengers are movie franchises that have topped the box office, inspired millions of fans and led to an amazing array of records. Elsa's CGI hair braid in Frozen was created from 420,00 strands. Candy Crush is the most downloaded app up to the present day. Peruse facts, records and general knowledge related to The Simpsons the longest running television sitcom and Doctor Who the longest running Science-Fiction series.
Throughout the book there are suggestions for setting your own record, rules, time-limits, recording is all clearly explained. Individual and group challenges include book dominoes, setting the fastest time to build a Lego Millenium Falcon Microfighter or organising the largest crowd of Minions in one location. At the 2012 Hulkathon in Castleblayney Ireland, 574 fans set a new record dressed up in green costumes, purple pants and black wigs.
Blockbusters' use of bold graphics adds to the broad audience appeal of the book. Bright, layered 2D boxes of facts are splashed across the colourful backgrounds with cartoon characters playfully placed amongst the photos of record holders and their memorabilia collections. A great present or addition to a class or school library.
Rhyllis Bignell

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