Top Ten of Everything 2004

Top Ten of Everything 2004

by Russell Ash
     
 

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Bursting with thought-provoking and often hilarious facts — from the world's richest people to the world's deadliest spiders — The Top 10 of Everything 2004 is the latest annual edition or DK's perennially popular compendium of knowledge. Fully updated, the book contains more than 1,000 Top 10 lists and is sure to educate and entertain.

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Bursting with thought-provoking and often hilarious facts — from the world's richest people to the world's deadliest spiders — The Top 10 of Everything 2004 is the latest annual edition or DK's perennially popular compendium of knowledge. Fully updated, the book contains more than 1,000 Top 10 lists and is sure to educate and entertain.

Author Biography: Russell Ash is the uncontested king of lists. He began his career in publishing in 1967, and then established his own publishing company in 1973. His books include Incredible Comparisons, The World in One Day, and Factastic Millennium Facts.

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Asbury Park Press
Outrageous, entertaining fun.
VOYA
There are at least six top reasons for purchasing this entertaining and browseable book. First, your library reference books budget includes a little extra this year for something not entirely necessary but definitely fun. Second, DK's shiny cover and glossy format rival the millennium edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for packaging coolness with its gorgeously reproduced photographs and impeccable design. Third, reading aloud from any page in Ash's book of lists would be an effective advertising tool for it during a junior high booktalk. Fourth, the content of the lists themselves is widely varied, including inventories of the "Youngest Female Singers to Have a Number One Single in the U.S." and "Top 10 Kevin Spacey Movies." Fifth, "Pop-Up Video"-esque squares along the lower margin of select pages offer still more trivial information about the subjects listed on the page. And sixth, Readers can check the box on page 223, "World Tourism," to discover the home of the first roller coaster. The aforementioned impeccable design will draw browsers irresistibly and possibly even encourage reluctant researchers. One can consider Ash's Top 10 to be a cram sheet and guarantor of success in the Teen Trivial Pursuit challenge of your library. To ensure a librarian win, do not display book until after the trivia game. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001 (orig. 2000), DK, Illus. Photos. 288p. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
KLIATT
Rivaling the popularity of The Guinness Book of World Records, this updated compilation of over 700 lists makes for irresistible browsing, and it's useful for quick reference too, as sources for data are provided. Chapters cover the universe and the Earth; life on Earth; the human world; town and country; culture and learning; music and musicians; stage and screen; the commercial world; transport and tourism; and sport and leisure. A section at the end of "Further Information" offers ten Web sites on each of the these topics. The book's large format, clear layout, and abundance of color photos make it attractive and easy to use, and who can resist lists like "Top Ten Rock Songs of All Time" or "Top Ten Snakes With the Deadliest Bites"? Sidebars provide information on famous firsts, such as the first million-dollar film star and the first 200-mph car. For all libraries. (See also review of The Top Ten of Film in this issue.) KLIATT Codes: JSA*-Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, DK, 256p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
— Paula Rohrlick
Library Journal
The updated new edition of this popular annual title is as colorful and informative as the earlier volumes. Ash (Incredible Comparisons; Factastic Millennium Facts) has gathered a wide assortment of "top 10" lists (1000 in all) and arranged them in an eye-catching, easy-to-use format according to ten major categories (e.g., "Life on Earth," "Commercial World," "Stage & Screen," and "Town & Country"). Gathered from a variety of government, commercial, and research organizations, the statistics are educational-e.g., Mali holds the record for the highest proportion of child workers, totaling 51.14 percent of the work force-but can also be entertaining-e.g., the gorilla is the heaviest living primate, averaging 485 pounds. Other useful features include a browsable index and a list of the top ten web sites for each category. Overall, this illustrative reference tool combines the appealing graphics and fun facts of the Guinness Book of World Records with the in-depth lists of The World Almanac and The Statesman's Year-Book. Sure to satisfy students, general readers, and ardent trivia buffs with its wide range of hard-to-find facts, this work is recommended for all school, public, and academic libraries.-Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Edina, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789496591
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.69(d)

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