There are times, dear readers, I wish you could be a fly on the wall when certain books come into the house. Normally my lad couldn’t really care as he knows I’ll tell him what I think once I’ve looked through them. BUT the books I have for you today grabbed his interest from the time they fell out of the package. Lonely Planet kids has four books in the series World’s Strangest. We have predators, ocean beasts, places and creepy-crawlies. Can you guess, dear readers, which one he gravitated to?
YES You are totally correct. Creepy-Crawlies is it. Why… well you know … ANTS. Ants were mentioned in a book AND they were ACCURATE!!! He was delighted and then found the quizzes… can I tell you something… IF YOU ARE TIRED>>> DO NOT LET YOU CHILDREN QUIZ you… unless you want them chortling with glee when you flub up. 🙂 It was okay though…I got him back later by quizzing him on Ocean beasts… which had him grabbing up the book and learning more for himself. FUN! Who wouldn’t want books like this in your house? 🙂
What you get:
Each book is laid out in the same manner. The Top 40 as ranked by Lonely Planet experts are talked about. Five strangest and then a quiz. Loads of colourful pictures and interesting tidbits. Each book closes with a glossary.
Let me walk you through
Each book is divided into four sections, each with their own quiz.
Each place or creature is given a two page spread with bright, highly engaging, full-colour images. Bold text to help draw in the eye.
As you can see, each place or creature comes with a strangeometer score. 40 creatures or places in each book. Each quiz asks 10 questions, not in the order they are presented in the book. The answers are provided upside down in fine print.
The books I received are:
- Ocean beasts: weird and wonderful creatures from the deep
- Places: weird and wonderful corners of the Earth
- Predators: weird and wonderful carnivorous animals
- Creepy-crawlies: weird and wonderful hair-raising bugs
Each one was a treasure trove of 40 places or animals that are just odd, interesting, or wonderful. Places like Christmas Island and the underwater post office. Animals such as the trumpetfish, leafy seadragon, or japanese spider crab. How about the cobra lily, trapdoor spider, exploding ant, or artic fox? Interesting and sometimes obscure facts are brought to light, sure to delight your children from age 6 and up.
In case you couldn’t tell, I really like these four books. I am tempted to use them to create small unit studies to help your student delve into the world’s strangest all the more. 🙂 (If only I could find the time). The bright images with factoids make these books a delightful addition to your science library. I urge you to check them out today.
Lonely Planet Kids
80 pages, 6-8 years,
Science, Geography, Biology, Elementary