Fascinating Facts for the Whole Family

Trivia about Human Body and Cute Animals (Cats, Dogs, Pandas, Horses and Pigs) (Paramount Trivia and Quizzes)

Children - Animals
132 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2020
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Author Biography

Award-winning author: 2020 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal!
Born in Bulgaria, I have lived in places like Germany, Belgium and Iraq, before settling down with my family in Luxembourg. With varied interests, I have always suffered from an insatiable appetite for facts stemming from an unrestrainable intellectual curiosity. It has certainly influenced my academic background and career: after acquiring Master degrees in Greek Philology, German and English Translation, I graduated in Crisis Management and Diplomacy and, most recently, undertook an MBA.

My career has been equally broad and diverse, swinging from that of an army paratrooper and a military intelligence analyst; through to that of a civil servant with the European Commission, and presently, that of a clerk, performing purely financial tasks in a major bank. Member of MENSA, I am keen on reading, travelling and scuba diving.

For my book 'Fascinating Facts for the Whole Family' I involved my elder son Pavel (then aged 8) to do the illustrations and handpick the facts. Here is a testimony:

‘A fascinating list of facts perfect for anybody who just wants to know stuff! A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite

Fascinating Facts for the Whole Family: Trivia about Human Body and Cute Animals by Nayden Kostov is a non-fiction trivia book for all ages. This book begins with some interesting facts about some of our favorite animals that happen to all be mammals: cats, dogs, pandas, horses, and pigs. The rest of the book tells interesting facts about the human body. That portion is divided into numerous sections, mostly concentrating on different organs: the brain, blood and blood vessels, heart, skin, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, bones, muscles, lungs, stomach, intestines, pancreas, liver, and kidneys. The illustrations are hand-drawn by the author's son. At the end of the book is a list of sources used by the author.

Fascinating Facts for the Whole Family by Nayden Kostov is a great book for people of all ages. I like the way the facts are organized with numbers beside them. I was impressed with the picture of the tiger. I was so amazed by some of the facts that I had to check them out to prove it to myself. The human body was well covered with the topics on the list. I liked that the topics were arranged in a sensible order, with the senses together, heart by blood vessels, stomach by intestines, etc. This book has some pretty involved wording, so not for small children who look for bright colored pictures. I loved that the book stated that the heart begins beating in an unborn baby at 20 days.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Did you know that cats can predict earthquakes? And that dogs have the intellectual capacity of a 2.5-year-old child? (Although I might argue that point as I’ve had some pretty smart dogs in my life.) And, did you know that pandas are born all-white? And horses have seven blood types? And then there are all those interesting trivial details about humans (and pigs, too). There’s lots to learn and you’re never too old to learn something new. Some trivial information might seem just that: trivial. However, trivial information has a unique capacity to be interesting at the same time that it is just trivial.

Nayden Kostov’s thoroughly researched book, Fascinating Facts for the Whole Family: Trivia about Human Body and Cute Animals is an interesting listing of trivial details. The author collected the information with the intent to use trivia to both entertain and educate young readers (and adults, too). The book is divided into sections about each animal listed in the title (and one for humans, too). Within each section is a lengthy list (numbered) of interesting and trivial details relating to that animal (or human). In total, there are over 600 pieces of trivial facts. And, the book covers topics of interest to young children: cute animals and the human body. The text is accompanied by interesting and colorful illustrations drawn by the author’s son, Pavel (who was eight at the time). The book is also available as an audiobook, but the real book will certainly inspire the reluctant reader to actually do some reading, even if it’s just one trivial point at a time. A fascinating collection of little-known (trivial) facts.