________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 2 . . . . September 12, 2008

cover Crazy Canadian Trivia 3.

Pat Hancock. Illustrated by Bill Dickson.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic, 2008.
119 pp., pbk., $5.99.
ISBN 978-0-545-99995-3.

Subject Heading:
Canada-Miscellanea-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2-6 / Ages 7-11.

Review by Tanya Boudreau.

** /4


On July 1, 2003, Thunder Bay, Ontario, resident Brad Graham rode his bicycle around the parking lot of Thunder Bay’s community auditorium and into the Guinness World Records book. He didn’t ride very far, and he didn’t ride very fast, but he did ride very high above the ground.

Graham’s homemade SkyCycle was a wonderfully wacky creation that measured 4.34 metres high from the top of its handlebars to the bottom of its two standard bike wheels, setting a record for the world’s tallest bicycle.


Who can boast about their unique UFO landing pad, their vast tarabish knowledge, and their sand sculpture friendly beach? It’s the same people who can brag about being home to the inventor of processed cheese, a woman who made horse racing history, and a 78 million-year-old dinosaur. These proud people are Canadians! From coast to coast, Canada is a fortunate country. Calgary, AB, claims to have the fastest ice in the world. The Northwest Territories has 11 official languages, and Prince Edward Island’s colorful soils grow about one-third of the potatoes produced in Canada each year. Digging deep in her Canadian trivia files, author and trivia collector Pat Hancock pulls out the trivia that is meant to entertain, amaze and enlighten young readers.

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      The trivia pieces in Crazy Canadian Trivia 3 vary in length and subject. Longer trivia pieces are one to two pages in length and are illustrated with a black and white drawing or illustration. Shorter trivia pieces sometimes fit one or two per page and are entitled “Did You Know,” “They Said What?” and “Just the Stats.” The trivia in this third book in the Crazy Canadian Trivia series spans a number of years and topics, ensuring young readers will be reading widely on the subject of Canadian history.

      Cartoon-like in style, Bill Dickson’s illustrations complement the fun trivia listed in this book. His use of exaggeration, witty scenes and amusing pairings in many of the drawings keep the more serious trivia tidbits light and the fun trivia tidbits comical.

      Pat Hancock has collected quite a quantity of interesting Canadian trivia. However, besides photo credits, there is no bibliographic information or source material given for the facts included in this book. But this is an entertaining book for young readers to turn to for Canadian facts. Surprising at times (yes, there is a recipe for potato fudge at the end of the book), Pat Hancock’s inclusions show us the moments that are destined to go down in Crazy Canadian history!

      Pat Hancock was born and raised in Hamilton, ON. President of CANSCAIP from 1991-1993, Pat keeps busy with her writing and continues to do editing and consulting work for the children’s market. Her published works include Strange and Spooky Stories: A Haunted Canada Book and The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers. The author of Crazy Canadian Trivia and Crazy Canadian Trivia 2, Pat Hancock knows a lot of great Canadian trivia, and she shares it with enthusiasm. Her entertaining and informative writing style could definitely hook children onto reading additional books about Canada.


Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.

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