Bookbuzz author blog: Adam Frost - How to make your facts awesome!

Published on: 25 August 2017 Author: Adam Frost

Because I write both fiction and non-fiction, I'm always hopping between the two 'worlds' of true things and made-up things. It's huge fun. It also means my fiction and non-fiction influence each other. When I write fiction, I try to make the stories as believable as possible (even if they're about a remote control that can pause and rewind Time). When I write non-fiction, I try to make the facts as UNbelievable as possible (like - did you know that the planet Uranus was originally called George?). So I suppose that's my main piece of advice: write stories that feel like facts and factbooks that feel like stories!

In my factbook 'The Awesome Book of Awesomeness', I tried to find as many incredible facts as possible. Then I used pictures to bring them to life. I love comics and cartoons and find it much easier to see facts than read them. If someone tells me that rabbits have more predators than any other animal, it doesn't really stick in my head. But if someone gives me a picture like this, then suddenly I think: 'No wonder the little critters are so twitchy.'

Bunnies

This picture is by Dan Bramall, the book's awesome illustrator. I particularly like that carnivorous plant.

Or how about these facts? Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic fell over 10,000 metres out of an aeroplane without a parachute and survived. Have a look at the picture below to see how far that really is. Or let's bring you back down to Earth. Do you know how often a sloth has a poo? Once a week. He crawls down from his tree (slowly), has a poo (quickly) and then crawls back up again (slowly). The picture below should help that fact to stick. Not literally stick, of course, that would be REVOLTING.

Plane & Poo

So if you're thinking about making your own factbook, then start by thinking about your favourite facts. Maybe you like outer space? Perhaps you like dinosaurs? Or do you like SHARKS? It's best to write something you'd like to read yourself. Then think about your favourite pictures - do you like photos, realistic illustrations or funny cartoons? If you can draw the pictures yourself, that's brilliant, but if you can't (I couldn't), then maybe a friend can help?

And if you do like SHARKS (SHARKS always deserve capital letters, don't they?), then let me leave you with this final fact. Did you know that tiger sharks will eat anything? And I mean anything. Take a look at this picture for some examples.

Shark

Don't believe me? Good! As I said, I only like facts if they're UNBELIEVABLE!

Check out Adam's book

The Awesome Book of Awesomeness

Adam Frost, Illustrated by Dan Bramall

This is a super cool non-fiction book, a little bit like a small version of the Guinness Book of Records. It’s packed full of strange and fascinating facts – after reading this book, you will be able to wow everyone you know with your crazy knowledge.

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