Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weird

Junior edition. By David Borgenicht and Justin Heimberg and illustrated by Check Gonzales.

This is a fun read filled with fact and fiction for young adults. It has folklore,history and science information in a format that is fun to read and learn. And there are enough silly items in it to keep the child reading the real facts, too.

Chapter 1 covers Aliens and Other Outer Space Oddities. Such as how to survive an alien abduction.

Chapter 2 covers Monsters, Mummies, and More. Such as how to win a zombie showdown.

Chapter 3 covers Hauntings and Other Mysteries. Such as how to investigate a crop circle.

Chapter 4 covers Time Travel. Such as how to survive in prehistoric times.

Chapter 5 covers Magic and Myths. (My favorite!) Such as how to be a sorcerer's apprentice.

It's written a bit tongue in cheek, but it's very readable, the illustrations are a bit corny (and fit the book well) and your child should laugh as well as learn while reading it. Good fun for all.

And, if my examples didn't excite you, there's also a discussion of how to tame and train a dragon...

I can easily recommend this book for those who don't like reading much, but can enjoy fast facts and fun.

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