Friday, August 20, 2010

‘Enter If You Dare!’ {book review}

What is it about the odd and unbelievable that draws humans to see more? I don’t have the answer, but I do know I can’t stop looking at and reading the new book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare! My children and my BF can’t seem to put it down either, which is why it sits on a table in the living room so everyone can reach it went they’re ready for a little something shocking, intriguing or entertaining.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! new addition was released on August 10th and is the seventh in its multimillion bestselling series. This edition is an “all-new collection of the strangest stories and features from around the globe.” It includes mind-boggling facts, stories, interviews and features in a colorfully designed layout.

DSCF5108 One of my children’s favorite sections in the book is Body Oddity, which includes a true-to-size picture of 16-year-old Jyoti Amge who’s from Nagpur, India. She is one of the smallest teenagers in the world and stands 23.5 inches. My children were amazed when I held up the two-page foldout next to my 3-year-old daughter. My daughter, who’s about 27 pounds, is markedly bigger than Jyoti who weighs a little over 11 pounds.

It’s those amazing stories that keep us peeking in the book.

On my desk I have a tiny rubber band ball so imagine the kids’ surprise when they saw a picture of a rubber band ball that needed to be lifted by a crane to transport to the Ripley’s museum. Of course when I went to look in the book to give you more information about the rubber band ball I couldn’t find it. And that’s one of the fun and amazing things about the book: Each time you crack it open you’ll see something you hadn’t seen or read yet. So far, we’ve mostly been reading the entries that include pictures, but soon I will start reading the hundreds of other entries in each section.

ripley'sThis amazing book is guaranteed to be a source of entertainment – and education! – for myself and the children. My son is fascinated by anything having to do with animals, all of the children can’t resist finding out about everything concerning children and the littlest one just wants to know what everything is. (Small warning to parents: Some of the images I sensor from my middle daughter because she’s very sensitive and has dreams about things that scare her. So you may want to look at the book before you allow your children to then you’ll know what to avoid. Oh, there was some stuff I found yucky as well!)

Go ahead and get your own copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare! to facilitate my review, but that in no way influenced my opinion – those are my own. No other compensation was received. Any links are to my Amazon affiliate account. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.