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Author: Bedoyere, Camilla de la
Publisher: Ripley's Publishing
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-893951-84-6
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Ripley’s Human Body: Believe it or Not

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Believe it or Not! is the challenge from reading diverse and interesting information about the human body, in this series by Ripley Publishing. Bold, colourful photographs, text boxes, close-up photos, labeled diagrams, varied fonts, and Ripley ‘believe it or not’ facts, add to the attraction of this series. Other books in this series are; space, brutal beasts, sharks, sports, extreme earth, oceans, dinosaurs, wild animals and mighty machines. This is the second printing of the book, as the first version likely needs replacing in your school library, from heavy usage. The first edition was written in an elongated book. Sadly, it only contains Imperial measurements, which this book uses heavily for making comparisons. As a result, some of the comparisons will be lost upon readers from countries that use the metric system. The ‘big word alerts’ are not all that useful, as the definitions use higher level vocabulary than the big word itself. The appeal of these books is also in the random layout, with text being placed horizontal, at angles, sideways and upside down, requiring readers to turn the book in different directions. It still has the appearance of a ‘Guinness World Book of Records’ format, though focused upon a specific topic. Though these books have some difficulties, they are so popular among readers, that their attraction is greater than any deficit.

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