Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Your memory is amazing – and you’re about to make it even better!”
What an absolute delight! I always tend to reach for a non-fiction book between longer fiction reads to break things up, and this book was just ideal. Not only is it incredibly informative for all ages, but it’s fun to read and so very memorable – which is the whole point of the book! I’m very happy to be joining the blog tour for 365 Cool Ways To Remember Stuff – if you like the sound of it, please support the author by buying yourself a copy or by sharing this review!
About the book:
Can you remember how many days there are in each month? Or the names of the planets in the solar system? How about the difference between a noun and a verb?
365 Cool Ways to Remember Stuff will show you how to memorize the key facts in almost every school subject. With the help of the book’s simple pointers, even the trickiest of facts will become memorable. The fun illustrations and engaging, educational text are sure to inspire and empower kids to confidently learn, remember and use new knowledge, both in and out of school.
First things first – yes, this book is meant to be for ages 7-12, but even at age 30, I loved it! I think my first point to make is that this book is absolutely worth buying for kids that are curious and those that always want to learn something new. It’s the perfect tool for that! It was a little different to what I thought it would be, however. When I first heard about this book, my initial thoughts were that it would provide us with tips on how to remember things better – perhaps how to sharpen our minds or help young brains to retain more information. However, it was completely different, but still useful! Instead, the book gives interesting ways to remember a specific facts or a piece of information, and straight away I could see the appeal to a younger reader. The book covers such a wide range of topics, and it was an absolute joy reading through the pages myself.
I was pleasantly surprised to see so many quirky illustrations in the book which complemented the text perfectly. Each page was not only fun to read, but so lovely to look at too. The book as a whole is set out really well, and the contents and headings make it so easy to navigate around. I assume this book isn’t meant to be read in order – you can simply flick to a topic area that interests you or a topic you know absolutely nothing about, and you’ll be met with clever ways to keep bits of information in your head. I was very surprised by how much time I spent with this book, even as an adult, and even now, many of these methods to remember things are burnt into my brain! I have to share a couple that I loved, just so you can see for yourself what the content is like:
Ways to remember the order of the planets (with or without Pluto!):
My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.
My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos.
Or, from largest to smallest:
Julie Seriously Underestimated Nina’s Eight Vicious Marshmallow Munching Pandas.
There are also some great ways to remember types of punctuation:
What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
A cat has claws at the ends of its paws,
A comma has a pause at the end of a clause.
I also loved how the book not only gives readers a ton of ways to remember stuff, but also explains the meaning of things such as verbs, adjectives and nouns, as well as gives definitions of terms such coordinates, times tables and root numbers to name a few. It was honestly such a breath of fresh air for a book like this, and it really had everything you could want for an educational book with a splash of fun and excitement. The tone of the book is consistently positive and empowering, something which I picked up on straight away, and if you’ve got a creative kid at home, the book also has a space at the back for you to create your own mnemonics, rhymes and memory aids. All in all, this book has everything you could want for the type of book it is!
A children’s non-fiction book that simply does what it sets out to do exceptionally well. It’s fun, educational and kids of all ages are sure to take something away from it! There were longer rhymes in the book that perhaps may be harder to remember than they should be which may be an issue for some younger children, but overall, a great tool for home and school use. I’d definitely recommend!
Huge thanks to the author, Lauren Holowaty and Love Books Tours for my copy of this great little book and my place on the blog tour! You can order your own copy of 365 Cool Ways To Remember Stuff from Amazon, available on Kindle and in paperback now.
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