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Monday, April 26, 2010

Blog No. 31--Ripley's Believe It or Not 2010

GENRE: YA Nonfiction (Generalities)

Title: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Special Edition 2010
Editor: Rosie Alexander

Bibliographic Information:
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Special edition (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545143454
ISBN-13: 978-0545143455
Ages 9 and up

Reader’s Annotation:
Find out about the real, the weird, the strange and the exciting! There are things that you can believe—or not!

Plot Summary:
This annual series has a special edition for 2010, and it is filled with fun and bizarre people, places and things that are true—even though some of them seem utterly fantastical! For example, on page 19, you’ll read about the ultimate recycler—an old woman from El Salvador who built her whole house out of empty plastic bottles. Page 91 talks about a woman who uses junk mail to create mosaic art that sells for thousand of dollars. Interested in a man who eats sand? He's on page 101. This book is fun when you want to just chill out and absorb some interesting facts on the weird events that occur around the world.

Critical Analysis:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is an American icon. Since 1918, Robert Ripley has entertained young people all over America with his quirky newspaper column called “Believe It or Not.” Today, his estate publishes annual books that highlight the weird and strange all over the world. This book is filled with lively graphics and a modern layout that appeal to teens everywhere –especially boys! This is not for the serious reader, but it is a great book for fun and “chillaxing”

Reading Level/Interest Age
Anyone from age nine on up can read and enjoy this book, but some that young may become frightened by some of the contents. Interest age is for everyone, but especially 6th – 12th grade boys!

About the Author:
Robert Ripley was the original author of this series. A world traveler, he visited over 201 countries and covered close to 500,000 miles looking for his amazing stories, and collecting weird artifacts.
An illustrator by trade, Ripley worked for the New York Globe, where he started his cartoon column. His collections fill 30 museums around the world. These museums are often called “Odditoriums” due to the wacky items they contain. He died in 1949, but his vision lives on.

Booktalking Ideas:
Not applicable.

Challenge Issues:

Why I chose this book:
I keep this above the magazine shelf at my high school, and during lunch students often fight over it. It is a relaxing, chill-out kind of read.

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