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Can you crack my fabulous quizzica Britannica? JOANNA LUMLEY Launches A Week Of Baffling Facts And Teasing Trivia As The Encyclopedia Publishes Its First Children’s Edition For A Generation

Joanna Lumley, pictured, said she is delighted to launch a new Daily Mail series based on two books: the Britannica All New Children's Encyclopedia and Britannica's 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

Joanna Lumley, pictured, said she is delighted to launch a new Daily Mail series based on two books: the Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia and Britannica’s 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

Did you know that African elephants only sleep for two hours a day? Or that a day on the moon lasts as long as 27 days on Earth?

Well, neither did I until I was lucky enough to spend a day recording a series of absolutely beautiful, five-minute, truly true bedtime stories curated by the team behind the brilliant Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia.

It was one of the silver liners in the darkest moments of lockdown earlier this year. With my last film project delayed for weeks, if not months, discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful facts from this beautifully illustrated compendium for a day proved fascinating – and a welcome distraction.

After that, as I took the quick walk home from the South London recording studio, I felt extremely excited. I had learned so much! Reading those stories made me feel a little bit wiser and a little bit younger than before.

I also had time to think about what I think is almost the most important thing we can pass on to our children: knowledge.

So you’ll understand how excited I am to launch a fantastic Daily Mail series based on two extraordinary new books: the Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia and Britannica’s 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime, in hardback this week.

Starting today and throughout the next week, prepare for a journey of discovery that will take you through the history of the world – and beyond.

Best of all, each day contains 20 brain-teasing questions, along with fascinating facts and images, that you can collect and save to form the ultimate quiz in time for Christmas.

Thanks to the long periods of lockdown, 2020 has turned out to be the year of the quiz; And by the end of next week, you’ll have collected 100 questions to challenge and engage all ages, from four to 104.

The truly true stories for Bedtime that I recorded, meanwhile, will be available exclusively for Mail readers to listen to. Prepare to be as fascinated as I am.

Here is a selection of some of the questions in the two fantastic books

Here is a selection of some of the questions in the two fantastic books

Here is a selection of some of the questions in the two fantastic books

There are 30 stories in total, each lasting about five minutes, that reveal some of the amazing things that happen at night – from record-breaking snorers to the magical Northern Lights and King Tut’s many, many beds.

The new encyclopedia for children, the first published in a generation by the Britannica Group, is based on hundreds of years of experience in the art of true storytelling, which began with the first Encyclopedia Britannica in 1768.

The brainboxes in Britannica have unearthed all kinds of intriguing treats from the past, such as the amazing story of the ‘dead’ Egyptian desert snail on display at the British Museum in 1846 – only to wake up four years later and eat some cabbage!

Who knew that while the oldest stars are about 13 billion years old, the youngest are younger than you and me? Or that owls use their ear tufts to convey their mood to other owls?

There really is no one better to ask the questions – and give you the answers.

Now is the time to read on to find out what you know. And, more importantly, what you don’t …

  • To buy a copy of the books in our great Britannica series for an exclusive discount, visit mailshop.co.uk/britannica, or call 020 3308 9193. All New Children’s Encyclopedia costs £ 20 (RRP £ 25) and 5 Minutes Before Bed Truly True Stories is £ 9.09 (RRP £ 12.99). Free UK delivery on orders over £ 15. Promotional price valid until December 12, 2020.

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