Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nonfiction Inspection: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing Is Believing

Plot Sketch: Ripley's is a collection of Woah!, OMG, and WTF events and circumstances that have been verified, documented, and sometimes photographed. Take for instance the picture of the man who lets snakes crawl up his nose and out of his mouth. He's from India. Or, the whole section on Body Oddities which had me a little more than grossed out. There are Crazy Creatures, Incredible Feats, Artistic License, and Beyond Belief sections to name a few of my favorites.

Verdict: I Heart It. This is a fun book to read, though you may not want to sit and read it straight through (I couldn't!). I think it would be a great book for Family Game Night Events, and could see myself creating our own family game out of some of the chapters. I enjoyed seeing all of the quirky, odd, electrifying, and amazing things from around the globe. I think this Ripley's book is about 60% more awesome than the Guinness Book of World Records because it contains things that just cannot be quantified or compared to anything else. I've seen this book everywhere from Costco to Walmart, and recommend you pick it up for a great conversation starter if nothing else. This would be a great gift for a family with kids from 4 up I'd think. (Yeah, it's that time of year again folks! Start planning your holiday gifting!)

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?

What is the main character's name?

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
a long while... like I said above, not a sit down and read straight through type of book. About 10 pages at a time was my max.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Only to go "Ooooooo!" or "Ahhhhh!" or "OMG! WTF! That person in nuts!"

Is this a good read for Monster?
Totally. I think the next time he's home I'll share it with him and try out my little game.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
It couldn't get more interesting. Seriously. I think it would be cool though to see a web edition - a way to kind of click through and find out more about the things you were more interested in.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
My favorite was the part with the guy with the snake that I mentioned above. G-ross.

How many chapters were in the book?
12 + an index.


Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing; Ill edition
Publish Date: August 4, 2009
ISBN-10: 1893951456

Acquire It:

  • Check out the Ripley's website where you can find webradio casts, attraction locations, and a fun gallery full of pictures and the like.
  • I was sent a copy to review by Carolina with Ripley's.
  • Here's my game:
You can play with as many people as you want. You will need paper and a pencil for each person. You each pick three entries from the book. Show/Read the entry to the other person(s). Then they have to write down what country they think it's from. Switch. Make sure the others don't see your answers. Move to the next person until everyone has read their three aloud to the rest of the group. Go through and see what the answers are. Tally up the number of ones you got correct. One with the highest number wins. Bam! Instant guessing fun and almost guaranteed giggles and conversation medium.

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