‘Weird and Wacky Places’ by Andy Seed (National Non-Fiction November)

National Non-Fiction November is a whole month dedicated to celebrating all things factual and is organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG). The theme of this year’s event is ‘Maps’ and blogs, articles and giveaways will be highlighted each day throughout the month on the FCBG website, as well as elsewhere. 

As part of National Non-Fiction November, we caught up with Andy Seed, author of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award winner (Best Book with Facts) The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff. Andy’s other books in this series are The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Things to Do and The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words. 

Andy took us into the pages of his books to share some of the weird and wacky places which appear in them…

Weird and Wacky Places - Andy Seed
I write humorous non-fiction books for Bloomsbury and one of my favourite activities as an author is researching interesting places. I sometimes use maps for this, both to discover where places are and occasionally to check that places actually exist. Most maps are very reliable and, unlike the internet, they contain very few mistakes!

For my Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff (winner of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with facts), I wrote a whole section on silly places. Here are some of my favourite parts:


The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Things to Do (Bloomsbury) is a collection of facts, activities, jokes, games and more. It has a whole section on holidays which features fun facts about all sorts of places. Here’s one of my favourite bits.

I bet you didn’t know those!

My third book in this fun non-fiction series is the Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words (Bloomsbury). This is a book of wordplay and is full of jokes, poems, word games, puzzles, riddles, strange words, amusing names, weird titles and much more. It also has…

One of my other favourite sections in the book is this:And if you’re wondering… YES, they are all real places!

Enjoy your non-fiction books (I certainly do!).
Andy Seed

Andy Seed’s website is a great place to read more about Andy and his books. (www.andyseed.com)
To find out more about Andy’s school visits, visit Book Events for Schools. (www.bookeventsforschools.co.uk)
There’s lots more information about National Non-Fiction November on the FCBG’s website (www.fcbg.org.uk) and via their Twitter account (@FCBGNews). Use the hashtag #NNFN to keep up with the latest news.



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