This book is stuffed with the fastest, brightest, longest, funniest, weirdest, wildest, wettest, saddest, brainiest, and fascinating-est things in the world.
It will amuse, entertain and amaze you with the most excellent, outstanding and, quite simply, best things on our planet and beyond. For instance, did you know the oldest skyscraper in the world is in Chicago and was built in 1885? Or, that the most extraordinary fireworks display was the one that closed the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000? Or that the world's most expensive painting is 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch, sold in 2012 for $119.9 million? From the highest peaks to the murkiest depths, the fastest man to the slowest sloth, the oldest lake to the most venomous snake and much, much more.
Writing is more fun if you live in interesting places. Jan Payne and husband Tony have lived on a houseboat on the Thames - on an island in Scotland and at the moment in a farmhouse in France.
For a while they ran a children's pop-up card company called Payne Family Cards.
For the last few years they have concentrated on writing stories for children. Sim
Michaela Morgan has written many popular books for children. Her work includes junior fiction, picture books, poetry and non-fiction. Among her many achievements she is an award winning author, short-listed for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Children's Book Award, named an International Reading Association Children's Choice and won a United Kingdom Reading AMore about Mike Phillips