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World of the Weird

Overview

Real-life phenomena and mind-boggling scientific adventures can often be really weird.

Comic relief is always welcome, especially when it's coupled with unusual trivia and obscure scientific facts. World of the Weird describes the wonderfully weird world we live in, from giant gurgling worms and deadly dragons to revolting science experiments.

Color-packed pages and real-life accounts make for a lively joyride...

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Overview

Real-life phenomena and mind-boggling scientific adventures can often be really weird.

Comic relief is always welcome, especially when it's coupled with unusual trivia and obscure scientific facts. World of the Weird describes the wonderfully weird world we live in, from giant gurgling worms and deadly dragons to revolting science experiments.

Color-packed pages and real-life accounts make for a lively joyride through the universe of the weird, from baffling tales to amazing facts to the strangest of the strange.

  • What is it like to have an alien encounter?
  • Will it cause Alien Hand Syndrome?
  • Is extreme ironing a domestic chore gone wrong or a dangerous sport?
  • Just how far will scientists go and what disgusting things will they do to make a discovery?
  • Which country issued a road permit to a sofa?

All kinds of weird facts are covered, and there are weird activities, too, from the inane to the potentially perilous, such as:

  • Fool your body so that your mind isn't your own
  • Bring a dead plant back to life
  • Make your own ectoplasm
  • Grow your own stalactite
  • Grow a bacteria colony.

For all ages and all sensibilities, World of the Weird is an endless source of "did you know?" material to impress friends and family.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Hazel Rochman
Facts can be as exciting—and as weird—as the wildest fantasy, and each double-page spread in this small title is packed with experiments and information about bizarre science, from meteorites and spontaneous combustion to clothes that make you invisible.... This [book] provides plenty of fodder for discussion, including the need to keep an open mind; and each spread includes a Web site, directing readers to more awe-inspiring science information.
LibraryLadyRobin.blog
This volume of trivia contains topics that children will find fascinating, disgusting, and, well, just plain weird. The information is presented in bite-sized chunks, just enough to peak the reader's interest and give them a little something to chew on. There are links throughout the book to related web sites for further exploration and the graphic content of the book is outstanding. Readers looking for something a little offbeat will find a trove of interesting tidbits in this book.
VOYA - Ed Goldberg
This title identifies some oddities of life in snippets. Separated into nine sections with titles such as Weird Life or The Unexplained, each section contains two-page color spreads on peculiarities like Creepy Crawlies (giant gurgling worms, caterpillar poo, exploding beetles) and Revolting Science (experiments with urine, vomit, smelly feet). It is great stuff to entice reluctant readers, science buffs, or teens interested in the unusual. Each spread has a photo or drawing, an introduction, boxes with concise explanatory paragraphs, and one source of additional information. Many contain Weird Thing To Do projects for at home, such as grow a bacteria colony. The bright green cover makes this book eye-catching. Once opened, it continues to entice readers with its high-gloss color pages. The shape and angle of the information boxes varies. For example, those in Alien Encounters are shaped like aliens. Readers are introduced to ESP, ghosts, venomous fish, the mysterious sliding rocks of Death Valley, and deja vu. There is only enough information to spark inter—that is not sufficient to learn details—spurring readers on to consult more in-depth sources. The book needs not to be read linearly; readers can skip around. The language is simple and straightforward, describing topics that range from the more common place (Coincidence) to the truly odd (Museum of Weird). Some of the information is unusual, leading readers to retain factoids such as the difference between venomous and poisonous. The one-page glossary is helpful. Librarians might see teens hanging out and sitting on the floor to read this book. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
Kirkus Reviews
A first-rate browsing item, from the bicycle-riding frog on the front cover to the recipe for chocolate-covered crickets at the end. In entries designed for microscopic attention spans, Turner presents barrages of snippets on extreme sports ("chessboxing"), uncommon maladies ("exploding head syndrome"), oddball festivals, bizarre beliefs ("Eating stolen bacon is a cure for constipation." Do tell!), strange creatures real or otherwise, supernatural phenomena and, as they say, much, much more. It's not just straight reportage, either, as along with the chocolate snacks, the author tucks in directions for creating green ectoplasm, several magic tricks and other hands-on activities. Unusually for compendia of this ilk, she also includes a URL or other source on each single-topic spread. Illustrated with photos that are often startling but never gory or gross, this compact page-turner will light up the imaginations of motivated young readers and jaded nonreaders alike. (Nonfiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554074815
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,446,359
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracey Turner has written more than 20 books for children and adults. She lives in England.

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