Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sean and Sami Recommend: RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Books - An Interview with a 10 year old book lover

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Strikingly True  Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Download the Weird  Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing is Believing
Sean and Sami Recommend is a Sunday Feature!
(We purchased these books.)

Back of the Book Blurb (from the 6th title Seeing Is Believing):
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual series is a compendium of incredible bizarre facts, stories, interviews and features all presented in a stunning bright new design.
This year’s book features icons that guide readers to astounding video clips on our new fully-integrated website, where they can see some of our subjects in action.
Be amazed at the dentist with no arms, the snake that swallowed a wallaby, an underwater sculptor and a four-eared cat! For the legions of dedicated Ripley’s fans, and anyone else on the planet who loves unbelievable facts and jaw-dropping images, the latest annual in this successful series is a feast of delights. Also, a dramatic eight-page gatefold section presents some extraordinary performers of the past, and additional black and white Ripley archive photographs feature throughout the book.

My 10 (almost 11!) year old son LOVES Ripley's Believe It Or Not! books.  Every night he reads several pages from whichever book (he has 4 titles...currently) is in rotation, fascinated by the bizarre and the unusual.  And in doing so he's expanding his mind to absorb cultures and peoples from our fascinating world.  But enough of my parental endorsement, let's see what Sean says!

SARAH:  Sean, how old were you when you started reading these books?
SEAN:  Sometime around 8 or 9.  But any age is good for these books.  Unless you get grossed out easily!

SARAH:  Have you read anything that scared you? 
SEAN:  In Strikingly True, the grossest thing I read was the monkey head attached to the body of a fish.  It looked so gory, like a banana that mutated and blew up.
SARAH:  Did you have bad dreams about it?
SEAN:  Not really!
SARAH:  Would you tell me if you did, or are you worried I'll take the book away from you?
SEAN:  Maaaaaybe.  <Giggles ensued>
SARAH:  What was the grossest, weirdest or craziest thing in these books?
SEAN: The weirdest was the shortest man in the world (we look at the picture).  He's 21" tall and is still alive today.  The Eye Poppers are cool, too.

SARAH:  What?
SEAN:  The Eye Poppers are two brothers who have a medical condition that allows them to pop their eyes out of their sockets, but they're still attached.  They're a Level 7 Stunning.
SARAH:  What the heck does Level 7 Stunning mean?
SEAN:  It's my way of categorizing the grossness, stunningness, weirdness, or freakiness of a topic in these books.
SARAH:  So how high do these Levels go?
SEAN:  From 1 to 10, or higher if the freakiness needs it!
SARAH:  Do you think these books are educational?
SEAN:  These books are great for learning, they're fun!  And if you want some giggles and eye-popping, these are the books for you!
And if you want to tease your teachers with wacky stuff read these books!
SARAH:  Thanks, Sean!
SEAN:   : } ]

Check out the fascinating history of Robert Ripley and his legacy at these websites:!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!: Prepare to Be Shocked!  Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2012  Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Completely Awesome  Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Dare to Look!  Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Creepy Stuff

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