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Maps and Geography
by Ken Jennings and Mike Lowery


Overview - Discover the fun facts about the world and become a master of geography with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.

With this Junior Genius Guide to maps and geography, you'll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts: Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow?  Read more...


 
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Overview
Discover the fun facts about the world and become a master of geography with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.

With this Junior Genius Guide to maps and geography, you'll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts: Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow? Or that Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to think that the Earth was round? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442473287
  • ISBN-10: 1442473282
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 160
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-10
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds

Series: Ken Jennings Junior Genius Guides

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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Earth Sciences - Geography

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-12-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

The author of several books for adults and a record-holding Jeopardy! contestant after a 2004 winning streak, Jennings makes an assured (and funny) children’s book debut with this first title in the Junior Genius Guides series. Assuming the role of teacher (“Now, now, everyone stay in your seats. I will explain”), he labels chapters First Period, Second Period, etc. He sidesteps the didactic and keeps his tone colloquial and light while sharing facts about longitude and latitude, time zones, historical errors in cartography, discoveries made via Google Earth, the planet’s waterways, countries’ borders and capitals, and world landmarks. Among the myths Jennings debunks: Eratosthanes proved the Earth was round centuries before Columbus was born, and the Caspian Sea is actually the world’s biggest lake. He also has fun with the non-academic parts of the school day, presenting two games at “recess” and a recipe for “mappetizers” at lunch. Sidebars, tables, and Lowery’s scraggly line drawings (not all seen by PW) add visual variety to a book that’s packed with information. Greek Mythology is due simultaneously. Ages 8–10. Author’s agent: Jud Laghi Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Lilla Rogers Studio. (Feb.)

 
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