Wednesday 4 November 2015

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 by Ripley Publishing (Scholastic Inc)
HB RRP $19.99
ISBN 978-0-545-85279-1

Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Did you know there is a canine co-pilot? A skateboarding cat? A surfing piglet? Did your career’s advisor tell you it was possible to get a job as a potato chip taster or a feet and armpit sniffer? And for your holidays, what about visiting the secret city of Shi Cheng deep underwater, or taking part in the annual zombie walk?

Believe it or not, these are all true! And there are so many more weird and amazing things to discover in the 2016 edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

From the incredibly eye-catching 3D cover of a squid with human teeth (or the appearance of) to the brightly coloured glossy pages this is an appealing book for all ages to goggle over, marvel at and share. It is fun, often disgusting and always a talking point.

The beginning is interesting too as it explains the background and inspiration for the Ripley Believe It or Not! books, the man himself, and how all these obscure oddities are collated.

It was an extremely hard book to review as every time I went to pick it up it had disappeared, taken by someone in the house to read – again.

Dip into its pages and discover another bizarre fact that you didn’t know you had to know!

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