Guinness World Records 2013 up for review

One of the great things about being a parent is being able to watch your children enjoy the same things that you did when you were little. It means that you can enjoy these things all over again of course. So when we were sent the Guinness World Records book ahead of the launch of the brand new 2013 edition, the children had quite a fight on their hands to get a look in.

This latest edition is jam packed full of stunning new record holders from the world’s tallest dog (3ft 8in – yes really!) to the world’s oldest gymnast (86 years young – good grief!) But imagine my surprise when I came across one of my very favourite bloggers WitWitWoo in there too? You won’t believe what she can do with a stack of dominoes. Mind boggling! (I won’t spoil the surprise!)

As you would expect the Guinness World Records covers everything from entertainment, sport, science, engineering, space and beyond. There is a strip that runs down each page featuring cool infographics which not only looks great but makes all those facts and figures so much easier to digest.

I have to say though that the bit that impressed us the most was the new fangled Augmented Reality feature. You simply point your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to an AR marked record on the page and it comes to life in glorious 3D animation. There is also a bonus digital chapter which is exclusively available online and for the first time ever you get to see how the book was created and go behind the scenes at the Guinness World Records offices. There is even an update on all the records broken at the London 2012 Games. How cool is that?

The Guinness World Record books was first published in 1955 and the fact that it is still going strong says it all really. Obviously the book itself has literally given us hours and hours and HOURS of fun but we also loved the added extras with the clever AR stuff. There really is something for everyone and I’d say it’s a must have for both knowledge seekers and of course aspiring record breakers of all ages. I think it goes without saying that this gets a huge thumbs up from us!

Guinness World Records 2013 Edition is available from September 13th 2012 with a suggested retail price of £20. 

*Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was sent a free copy of this book but all opinions are of course my own. That goes without saying. 

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