Was That a Good Idea?

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VOYA - Julie Watkins
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! franchise is synonymous with incredible accounts of the strange and unusual, and this series continues the tradition. These two volumes highlight some of the bizarre occurrences and people, past and present, which enliven our world. In Totally Obsessed, the reader is introduced to such fixated individuals as the man so enamored of Disney characters that his body bears more than 1,650 cartoon tattoos and the teacher whose passion to look like Queen Nefertiti has so far cost her $250,000 in surgical expenses. Was That a Good Idea? highlights such oddities as the man who puts live rattlesnakes in his mouth and a contortionist who can fit his body through a tennis racket. Other titles in the set include Beyond Belief, Beyond Understanding, and Animal Antics. In this sixteen-book set (each volume can stand alone) tidbits of oddity are combined with a multitude of colorful photographs to keep readers engaged. Each book also contains a largely unnecessary index. After all, it is much more entertaining to flip through the pages and pick and choose from the offerings. Strictly recreational fare, this collection will particularly appeal to those of middle-school and junior-high age. With short bursts of text and lively format, these books may also be suggested to reluctant readers. Reviewer: Julie Watkins
Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
One of sixteen titles in the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" series, this book concentrates on peculiar inventions; as well as extreme and strange feats performed by people and animals. Among the inventions are an inflatable pub, an inflatable office, a fish tank that attaches to a working toilet, a fourteen foot bass fiddle, rose-scented stamps, and a fur-covered telephone. Actions of animals are represented by a Labrador that hang-glides, and a stag, shot by a poacher, that falls from an overhanging rock ledge and kills the shooter. Unusual feats by people include a man who balances an eighteen pound saber on the end of his nose, a man who does push-ups with 285 pound weights on his back, and a contortionist who can dislocate various bones in his body allowing him to pass himself through a tennis racquet. The book is illustrated with color photographs, has minimal text, and will appeal to those who like to read short, weird, tidbits of information. The thirty-six page book contains an index. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422215432
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Ripley's Believe It or Not Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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