I'm in Las Vegas this week -- the second time I've been to the land of the unique and strange and downright fantastic. So, I thought I'd leave you with some field notes on Ripley's newest addition to their family of books: Ripley's Enter if You Dare. I was able to give a length review last year here, so check that out if you want a little more about the Ripley's titles.
Full color photos are of stand out note in this book that is filled to the brim with facts and figures covering everything from the amazing human body to incredible feats to weather to animals. This is a book that begs you to browse and browse and browse again. But not only that, this is a book that will have some reading every word straight through, as it is that interesting and engaging.
Did you know the world's heaviest cat weighs in at 22 pounds? I kind of find that lower that I'd imagine, seeing one of my cats is himself 15 pounds. Check out this photo:
Doesn't he look a heck of a lot bigger than just 22 pounds? Yikes! Don't worry, the book says he was told to be put on a kitty diet.
What I like about the Ripley's books is that they celebrate, rather than lampoon, oddities. Back in the day, people with long fingernails, bigger girths, or very strange hairy spots were circus freaks. In these books, they're celebrated: they are unique and interesting to learn about, choosing to put themselves out there (for the most part -- some are nameless statistics, which I find as respectful since it provides anonymity). I quite enjoyed digging through the parts about the circus in this volume because I live in the 19th Century Circus Capital of the World (complete with buried elephant under one of our lakes). Readers will be enthralled with the double page spread, too, about vampires, the shortest teenager around, and more.
The use of the double page spread is effective and exciting. Again, can I emphasize that when I was a kid, these books weren't in full color like this?
How cool is that?
Ripley's Enter If You Dare has wide appeal, and it will have special appeal to tween and teen boys, who love non-fiction. These books fly off the shelf at my library, and I suspect that this addition will do the same. The facts are new and fresh, not rehashed information with new pictures. These are the sorts of books that are not only fascinating, but they are appealing across generations. This is the kind of book parents can sit down with their kids and browse through and talk about.
If you haven't read one of these titles in a while, I urge you to pick one up. You'll be pleasantly surprised how readable, browsable, and bright they have become. And yes, I totally have seen some of these people in my trip, thank you very much city of lights!