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Bye-Bye to Drab Textbooks

Author Stuart Wright realized a long time ago that if students don’t find a topic in school to be interesting, they simply won’t learn. So with More Interesting Than Your Teacher ($14.95, Black Dog Publishing, all ages) he set out to introduce important subjects in a rather fun manner, without the excruciating detail that many textbooks offer. By presenting information in segments rather than long chapters, the information is easier (and more exciting) to grasp.

This compact-sized book can best be described as a hip encyclopedia/trivia/fact-packed source of information, with cool artwork and awesome photos. Questions are answered, thoughts are provoked and entertainment is provided.

What exactly is a mountain? How far is the horizon please? What is the largest number? What happened to all the lard? How do helicopters fly? Who invented the first clock?  Who wouldn’t want to know answers to these interesting questions? There are so many topics in this book, and so many facts to learn here, but the process of reading this book is so amusing, you will hear no complaining from the child in your life who receives this treasure as a gift from you.

Note: The publisher suggests the book is for all ages, however the reading level is age 12+. Also the book is compact in size, and the type is quite small.

Today’s review comes courtesy of Debbie Glade.

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The Guest Reviewer today is none other than my soon-to-be 8 year-old son, Coleman. He devoured (and so did I) Robert Crowther’s Pop-Up House of Inventions from Candlewick Press and then wrote a book report about it for his class homework assignment. When I saw 0763642533medwhat he wrote I knew I just had to include it here. Enjoy!

I just read this great pop-up book filled with facts of things around the house. Want to hear some? Then I’ll tell you some. The first brassiere was invented in Greece in 2500 B.C., the first DVD player was bought in 1996. Or maybe this will interest you: the first electric egg beater was sold in 1910. If you like learning wacky facts, I think this book would be right for you.

NOTE FROM RONNA: This book is filled with inventive room by room pop-ups such as clothing hanging in a closet, a sliding shower door, and a revolving train track. The trivia, too, is great fodder for some fun conversations! While recommended for ages 6-9, grades 1-4, consider sharing it with younger and older siblings as well and they will not be disappointed.

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