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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: Summer Boredom Busters from National Geographic Kids

Kids already bored this summer?! I have three awesome new books from National Geographic Kids that are perfect summer boredom busters...

Ocean Animals: Who's Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo (ages 8-12) is an oversized book and it needs to be!  Featuring huge, stunning underwater photographs this book covers it all -- from life in coral reefs to sharks and rays, to bizarre creatures of the deep and even sea birds -- and all the favorites from Disney's Finding Dory including, sea lions, octopus, beluga whales, whale sharks and of course clown fish and Dory herself -- blue tangs! 
This is such a fantastic and engaging book! Young readers will dive head first into the wild, wondrous world of the ocean and discover fascinating facts about all kinds of sea creatures. The information is presented in age appropriate ways and the photos are simply stunning! My three old niece is absolutely in love with this book!

Real or Fake? by Emily Krieger (ages 8-12) - NEW SERIES ALERT! -  Can you mail an unpackaged coconut via the United States Postal Service? Are tiger cubs born furless and without stripes?  Did China build a secret city for 1,000 people on the sea floor? Is there really a type of bird with tiny, useless wings, hairlike feathers and nostrils at the END of its beak or is it just a hoax? Real or Fake tests your detective skills to determine which stories are real and which, in fact, are fake (oh, and yes, you CAN mail a coconut, China did NOT build an underwater city and that bird is not a hoax!  It is a kiwi!).  Also included are history's greatest hoaxes, secrets behind a good fake, internet urban legends, and crazy headlines. 

What a fun, informative little book! Filled with countless intriguing facts, that range from the hilarious to wicked cool to utterly bizarre, this book will keep readers very entertained and engaged. I think it will also inspire further learning and imaginative thinking!

125 Wacky Roadside Adventures (ages 8-12) - Ever since the car was invented in the late 1800's, roadside businesses have been trying to catch the eye of behind-the-wheel consumers as they zoom past.  An underwater mailbox, "Carhenge," walls of gum, the Paris Sewer Museum, a hotel here you sleep in an igloo, the Unclaimed Baggage Center a brain shaped phone booth, the world's tallest bridge and breathtaking natural wonders are just a few of the amazing destinations packed into 125 Wacky Roadside Adventures.  These bizarre landmarks from around the world are not only fun to read about, but they also tickle the funny bone and touch upon history, science and the natural world. For an added dose of inspiration, Nat Geo Young Explorer Marissa Gaiwel recently hit the highways and shares her experience of her 4000 mile trek through the United States to document and learn more about these unique destinations.

This is the perfect roadtrip companion, no matter what country you're tripping in! Each page is bursting with fun, fascinating facts about some of the most amazing, unusual, and unforgettable attractions in the world. Plus, there are plenty of eye-catching photographs. Readers of all ages will have a blast learning about all the roadside attractions and will be left with some serious wanderlust!

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