Reviews! New Guinness World Records Books!

Today, I have a bunch of Guinness World Records books to share with you. I have always been fascinated with the Guinness World Records. Every year I look forward to getting a new copy of the newest World Records. I am a huge fan of this trivia type non-fiction.

I was happy to see different variations of the World Record books come out. HarperCollins Children published these three volumes earlier this year.

Each book has full color photos, and brief descriptions of each world record represented. The books have over 300 “fun facts” or records per volume. They have three different categories: “Super Humans!” by Donald Lemke; “Biggest and Smallest!” by Christie Webster; “Wacky and Wild!” by Calista Brill

Series: Guinness World Records
176 pages – ages 8+
Published by HarperCollins on February 2, 2016

What I Thought- All three of these books had a similar layout, so I will sum them up together. The books are a collection of non-fiction world-records. Each volume has a theme that the records relate to. The books include pictures of the record-breaking people, and bonus information about some of records! Within each book, the records are organized into subcategories making it easier to find records you want to. For instance if you ever wanted to know what the world’s largest lemon was, you’d look in the Biggest and Smallest volume under fantastic foods and viola! You see the 11 pound 9.7ounce lemon owned by  Aharon Shemoel of Israel (wow, that’s a lot of lemonade!). They are well-laid out books that are attractive and very interesting to read and look at. The vivid pictures adds to the whole package! Kids will love these!

Up  next is:

Amazing Body Records!


By Christa Roberts

Series: Guinness World Records
112 pages – Age 5+
Published by HarperCollins on February 2, 2016

What I Thought- This book is shorter than the other three and laid-out like a chapter book. It shows about one record per page, with more background information on the record-breaker. This is a bit more in-depth, and only does body-related records. It’s an interesting collection showing the extremes of the human body and sometimes what people do to their bodies. Personally, some of the people creeped me out (like the records on “body modification” and the fingernails – but that’s just me. 😉

Last but not least, I was really happy to see Guinness World Records  leveled readers! I would have loved these when I was starting to learn to read. It’s a great way to get kids interested in non-fiction too!

wackyGuinness World Records: Wacky Wheels (I Can Read Level 2) Paperback – February 2, 2016
by Cari Meister

Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Series: I Can Read Level 2
32 pages -Ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on February 2, 2016

and “Daring Dogs”!

Publisher’s SummaryBuckle up! These Guinness World Records are all about cars, trucks, and more! From the largest monster truck to the loudest bike horn, these amazing vehicles will rev the engines of any imagination.

What I Thought- What kid wouldn’t want to read about amazing vehicles? There are vehicles with specified duties (such as two huge mining vehicles), while some are just random (like a bathroom based motorcycle, and a church based street rod). The book is fun to read and I had to take a second look at some of the vehicles – they are pretty impressive. This is a great non-fiction book for little kids.
daringGuinness World Records: Daring Dogs (I Can Read Level 2) Paperback
by Cari Meister

Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Series: I Can Read Level 2
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on February 2, 2016

Publisher’s Summary – Most dogs can sit and fetch, but the tricks and traits of these awe-inspiring pooches go above and beyond to earn them their very own Guinness World Records.

What I thought – The dog book involves things like “longest ears”, “longest tongue”, “tallest dog”, and things like “fastest time to pop 100 balloons”! It is really cool to see the awesome things some of these animals can do. Like there is a Greyhound named Cinderella that can jump 68 inches (the height of a refrigerator)! The reading level is spot on for the intended age. Kids will love these, and will page through the books again and again – I know I did!


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2 replies

  1. Love your blog! It was so encouraging to read! Love your enthusiasm for reading!

  2. Daring Dogs would be great for Hannah. My son has a similar year book of guiness records. Such a great idea for kids. Thanks, Erik!

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