January 2014, Puffin, 32 pages + cards, Hardback, Review copy
Themes: gorilla, white tiger, elephant, llama, giant panda, kangaroo, cat, angora rabbit, owl, zebra, giraffe, dromedary camel, white-tailed deer, Shetland pony, Border Collie, Ostrich, lion, squirrel monkey, environment, habitat, food, facts,
Content: loads of facts and cute photos, some puzzles
Summary from Puffin
Play and discover with Top Trumps Activity Books!
This cute fact-filled Top Trumps activity book is packed with delightful info on the most adorable baby animals. How light is a cuddly lion cub? Why do little kangaroos live in a pouch? And who wins in the mischief stakes- a baby rabbit or a kitten? Find out what makes these baby animals the sweetest in the animal kingdom...and meet the cutest of them all!
With awesome activities plus 20 free Top Trumps cards to create your own fun tournament!
Some things don't change over the years, and that's how cool nature magazines are. I was going to say for younger readers, but everyone can read the magazines. I like reading children's non-fiction because it explains facts clearly and in a fun way, which is essential since I regularly battle with brain fog and fatigue.
This book is cool for many reasons. There are 20 cards with key facts about each animal, that can be looked at on their own, and used in the various well-explained games. In addition to the games there are different types of puzzle eg spot the difference, dot to dot, using the cards to work out the order of the animals for a specific characteristic etc. Some need the reader to pay attention to what they've read, others are easy to do if you just dip in and out. The answers are at the back of the book.
No magazine is complete without a mascot -I won't reveal their names but they are funny. They each declare a fact on each page, where 2 animals are put against each other to see who is the most of various categories. At the top of the page there is a paragraph of information; the bottom of the page has vital statistics like where the animal is from etc, with my favourite being what more than 1 of each animal is called. You may already recognise terms like a herd of llamas or a pride of lions, but I'd never heard of cupboard of giant pandas!
Another fun fact book (without cards) is Discover Science: Birds (Children's, Non-Fiction, 7 years +, 9/10E)