BLOG TOUR: The Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates – Jenny Pearson

I absolutely love Jenny’s book – it’s full of charm, wit and humour which made for a brilliant book. See my original post here: https://theteacherbookworm.com/2020/01/29/the-super-miraculous-journey-of-freddie-yates-jenny-pearson/

Freddie goes on a journey across Wales to search for a long-lost family member. His two best friends accompany him, and it results in a lot of laughs and hilarious hi-jinks! Don’t be fooled by the humour though! This is full of emotion too.

Today we hear from Jenny herself: she’s telling us her favourite facts that were sent in to Usborne’s competition! Let’s see what amazing information we can discover today…

For the launch of The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, Usborne ran a fact competition because Freddie loves facts and so do I! Hundreds of children sent in their favourite facts and some were chosen to appear inside the book. Which was great for me because it meant less work! Wahahaha! I’m going to have a look at a few of the ones entered into the competition and tell you why I like them so much!

The first was sent in by Georgie from Tadpole Farm CofE School, which has to be the best school name in the whole of the country – surely! Georgie’s fact is that hot water turns to ice more quickly than cold water when you put it in the freezer. This is called the Mpbemba Effect (I googled). It was actually a thirteen-year-old kid – who by MASSIVE coincidence was called Erasto Mpbemba, (I mean, what are the chances!) – discovered this when he was making ice-cream! For me, this is more than a fact – this is a life hack. I like ice in my drinks, but it takes so long to make. Now, thanks to Georgie, that waiting time has been cut significantly. Nobody likes to be kept waiting for a drink. Cheers, Georgie!

(Side note but this is my favourite – probably biased as she’s in my class!)

Another super fact I wish to discuss comes from Connor from the Haven VA CofE Methodist Primary School, who told me that Candyfloss was invented by a DENTIST! Now, this seems to me like a case of someone who knows how to drum up business – the dentist, not Connor. I have no idea if Connor is a savvy albeit unscrupulous businessman.

Thomas from St Gregory’s VA Primary School entered a very surprising fact into the competition and that was that sticky rice was used in the mixture to build the Great Wall of China! When I first read that, I thought, yeah, whatever Thomas – you’ll be telling me next that Buckingham Palace is made of mashed potato, but then, the Usborne fact checkers told me it is in fact TRUE! Unbelievable. Thomas, I apologise for ever doubting you.

I think you will agree that these are some truly super facts. There are many more in The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, so if you want to wow your mates with your knowledge of shrimps, swans and seagulls – and why wouldn’t you? – you will have to buy the book. I’m sorry but I’m just not going to hand out any more of the facts I stole from children for free.

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