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Monday, March 29, 2010

National Geographic Kids: Weird But True! Book Review

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About the Book: At last, all those weird but true facts that readers of National Geographic Kids love so much are collected into a fun-filled book that you'll come back to again and again!

Weird But True is based on the hugely popular magazine page of quirky, fun facts that many readers of National Geographic Kids magazine turn to first. Why? Well did you know that...

* Peanut butter can be converted into a diamond?

* The world's oldest pet goldfish lived to be 43 years old?

* The world's longest soap bubble was as long as four school buses?

* On Neptune, the wind blows up to 1,243 miles an hour?

* An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as a bowling ball?

All of the facts in this handy book will amaze friends and family: Animals Superpowers, Chills and Thrills, Eat or Be Eaten, Mini and Mega, Wild and Crazy, and much, much more. Adjacent pages for such facts present a one-paragraph explanation of how that fact is possible or why it is so.
Wacky facts, fascinating information, and lively art combine in this easy-to-browse, casual reference book that is sure to give young readers hours of fun.

Our Take: We like to shake things up here on Book Legion and throw in reviews of kids books, along with adults titles.  I know that I appreciate that, as a parent.  I'm always looking for fun and educational books for my own kids.  A great place to start is always National Geographic Kids!  This newest title is 'Weird But True!' 

This could easily be a boring book with factoid after factoid thrown out at us about how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie-roll pop, but instead its a great small sized softcover book with full-color images with one to three facts on each page.  This book will easily keep the attention of anyone from a young kid to an adult just sitting around killing time.

A few of the more interesting facts include that a peanut isn't actually a nut and that spiders have clear blood.   I learned more in five minutes of flipping through this book that I normally would in reading an entire trivia book, because each fact is well sectioned off and it gives you time to absorb them with the related image.  It sounds simple, but it works!  This would make a great Easter basket stuffer!

How to Buy: The National Geographic Store