Do Not Open

Do Not Open

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by John Farndon
     
 

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In the groundbreaking tradition of DK's New York Times bestseller Pick Me Up, this book uses the same irreverent style to explore all the things THEY don't want you know about. From the Mona Lisa's hidden past to the history of Area 51, Do Not Open explores lost worlds, unravels secret codes, and lets readers step through the looking glass to see

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In the groundbreaking tradition of DK's New York Times bestseller Pick Me Up, this book uses the same irreverent style to explore all the things THEY don't want you know about. From the Mona Lisa's hidden past to the history of Area 51, Do Not Open explores lost worlds, unravels secret codes, and lets readers step through the looking glass to see if they can handle the truth!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In the same stylistic vein as Jeremy Leslie and David Roberts's Pick Me Up, also from DK, this encyclopedic tome ventures into spookier territory to catalogue the mysterious and unusual. Presented in a case designed with diecuts to resemble the door of a jail cell, the title issues a challenge that readers will not want to decline-the savvy psychology evident here is typical of this volume's approach to the target audience. As with the previous book, pseudo-hyperlinks direct readers to pages with related content (a spread about the storage of nuclear waste, for example, suggests other such "explosive issues" as alchemy and spontaneous combustion). Flaps, foldout pages and varied styles of illustration-from photomontage to digital cartoons and more conventional line art-keep the book visually fresh and ably complement the subject matter, as in a spread about advertising tricks that looks as though it has been collaged from magazine photos. Farndon's (Great Scientists) discussions are largely straightforward, and leave some mysteries open-ended while debunking others. (In a caption for an entry dedicated to the controversy surrounding Elvis's demise, Farndon writes, "A year after his death, a photograph was taken of the man himself in the grounds of Graceland. So was it an Elvis impersonator, a visit from beyond the grave, or Elvis alive and well?") Taking in everything from "weird weather" like St. Elmo's fire and raining frogs to possible locations of Atlantis, the book incites curiosity-and expansively rewards it. Ages 10-up. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-9- This entertaining look at oddities, mysteries, and unexplained phenomena successfully adapts the innovative format first seen in Pick Me U p (DK, 2006). Nearly 100 topics are covered, mostly on spreads, each with a unique look. "Who Are the Men in Black?" uses a captioned street map to present facts and theories (Nazca Lines, Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis), for example, while cases of "Spontaneous Combustion" appear on illustrations of burning paper. Occasional foldouts, liftable flaps, and vertical page turns add more variety. Beyond the strong visual appeal, many layouts convey information effectively, such as the color-coded flow chart that tracks the mysterious disappearance of "Lord Lucan." Individual entries can stand alone, but cross-references at the bottom of the page encourage jumps to related topics in a manner that simulates Web page links. "Hidden Gold," for instance, can lead to "Paris Underground," "Kremlin," and further exploration. With rare exceptions, cross-reference series are not circular, so starting at a random page sets off a long series of intriguing leaps. The index provides access to specific topics, though broader subjects applying to several entries, such as "crime" or "spying," do not appear. Most libraries will discard the clever cardboard packaging that simulates a silver jail cell, but the overflowing collage of images on the regular cover works fine. The exciting design, cleverly organized information, and perennial kid-appeal of the topics should make this a popular title, and it may easily lead readers to pursue other books on topics that catch their interest.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756662936
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
06/21/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 17 Years

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Do Not Open 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do Not Open makes me want to open my social studies textbook and start reading.It makes me want to skip out of school and read. I can not put the book down. Do not Open makes history sound intersting by using colorful pictures and funnieness. if only they would come out with a Do Not Open 2. i wish all books were this awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago