How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits by Tracey Turner

How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits by Tracey Turner

How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits by Tracey Turner

Bonkers Books, £6.99, ISBN 978-1-407115-98-6
General Trivia, 2011

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At first glance at the cover, I have no clue what How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits is about. Well, now I know: it’s a trivia book, aimed at kids, in which the author presents an interesting trivia related to every day of the year. Wherever possible, there is a small puzzle related to the trivia. For example, August 19 is the anniversary of mathematician Blaine Pascal’s death, so in addition to some trivia about his contribution, the author includes a puzzle related to Pascal’s triangle. The trivia here falls under, generally, two wide categories: today in history and interesting celebrations around the world. These categories cover various subjects from all types of science to a variety of anthropological matters.

Unlike most trivia books which cover the same grounds again and again – who has the biggest salami, what is the tallest mountain, et cetera – the trivia here has new stuff that make me go, “Hmm, never knew that – interesting!” 14 September, for example, is “Nutting Day” in some places which experience autumn, and… oh please, get your mind out of the gutter. This is a children’s book, after all! World Zombie Day is on 7 October, and there’s a Slug Festival in Eatonville, Washington on 11 July. And when there’s really nothing of significance on a particular date, author Tracey Turner fills in the blank with some fun stuff. 17 July is… uh, whatever, let’s make a strawberry slushy – here’s an easy-to-follow recipe!

How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits is a really nice way to kill time, and I get to learn some new things too, isn’t that nice. The design and layout are both fun, making this small book an adorable “every day’s a party” kind of thing. It’s a bit silly, perhaps, but I do appreciate being reminded once in a while that there are still many fascinating things to learn and experience – at least, vicariously – even at this day and age.

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