The Mind-Blowing World of Extraordinary Competitions: Meet the Incredible People Who Will Compete at ANYTHING (Hardcover)

The Mind-Blowing World of Extraordinary Competitions: Meet the Incredible People Who Will Compete at ANYTHING By Anna Goldfield, Hannah Riordan (Illustrator), Neon Squid Cover Image
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From cheese rolling races to baby crying competitions, get ready for an adventure through the most amazing contests the world has ever seen. The perfect book for children and grandchildren who love Guinness World Records!

Throughout history humans have been challenging themselves against each other. Who could be the fastest? The strongest? The cleverest? While this was going on some other people decided to create epic contests that were…well, a little bit more unusual.

Welcome to The Mind-Blowing World of Extraordinary Competitions, introduced by podcaster and expert fact-finder Anna Goldfield! Inside this nonfiction book prepare to get your mind blown by:

• The people that take ironing boards up mountains
• A spectacular pumpkin rowing race
• Beauty pageants…for camels!

Through the stories of these awesome competitions, brought to life by illustrator Hannah Riordan, readers will learn about the societies that created them, and the amazing traditions that inspired them.

The cover features colorful foil, making this book the perfect gift.

About the Author

Anna Goldfield is a podcaster, science writer, illustrator, archaeologist, and creator of all sorts of content to introduce people to the study of the world around us and its past. Anna works on the kids’ science podcast Brains On! and presents the popular archaeology podcast The Dirt.

Hannah Riordan is an illustration graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. She loves to experiment with color, pattern, hand lettering, and humor within her work, using a combination of traditional and digital processes.

Neon Squid creates beautiful nonfiction books for inquisitive kids (and kids at heart). We believe the most amazing stories are real ones, so our books are for children who want to decipher ancient scrolls, orbit distant stars, and dive into the deepest oceans. Our books are a labor of love—written by experts, illustrated by the best artists around, and produced using the finest materials, including sustainably sourced paper. We hope that by reading them kids are encouraged to further explore the world around them.

Praise For…

"From Chinese dragon boat racing dating back thousands of years and the ceremonial boasting component of West African wrestling to modern pastimes like eating contests and chessboxing, each contest is given a double-page spread... This book is ideal for kids who like world record books and almanacs but might prefer something shorter, want subject matter curated toward the sillier side of life, or who just desire a little bit more background on the strange games humans have invented. A clear winner." --Kirkus

"This is the sort of information book that will appeal to lovers of books such as Guinness Book of World Records, a large compendium to be shared and talked about... The section on challenges in mythology is interesting and there are challenges that youngsters may be tempted to try such as air guitar or growing giant vegetables. Lots here to entertain but readers will learn at the same time." --Library Lady

Product Details
ISBN: 9781684492862
ISBN-10: 1684492866
Publisher: Neon Squid
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 80
Language: English