Monday, August 22, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: Survive-o-pedia

So, in all honesty, the chance of your child encountering any of these situations, let alone all of them, is pretty much slim-to-none. At least, for your sake, I hope it's slim-to-none! However, this a fantastic book for any child that loves facts and being able to list fun trivia to their families and friends. 

As the title indicates, the authors have listed (in alphabetical order, no less), 65 terrifying scenarios and in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner, the proper way in which your reader can survive those situations. Earthquakes, asteroids, sharks, piranhas, quicksand, and more...after reading this, they'll be able to survive just about anything! 

Some events, such as a blizzard, being lost in the woods, rip currents, etc., are a bit more probable and therefore the information may actually be useful at some point in the reader's life. Hopefully not, but if they're ever caught in a rip current, it certainly would be nice to know what to do. 

Though the scenarios are most definitely scary, the information is presented in such a humorous way, that no child will be walking away from this book scared. Instead, they'll be well-informed and driving you crazy with all sorts of fun information. 

Great for a reluctant reader or one that loves facts!

Survive-o-pedia: Junior Edition
David Borgenicht, Molly Smith, Brendan Walsh, and Robin Epstein
144 pages
Chronicle Books
August 2011
Review copy provided by publisher


Sarah said...

I ordered this for my library a week or two ago. Your review hit it right on the head. They love wacky information like this.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

I know quite a number of children who'd take to this kind of book. Thanks for sharing this. Looks really interesting.

Ana Maria Rodriguez said...

A libraria told me once that kids love to read about extreme things. Anything extreme and they will check it out!

Tammy Flanders said...

Great to have another recommendation for a reluctant reader.
Thanks for the recommendation.
Apples with Many Seeds

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

This one looks great for tweens!

Jes said...

Oh wow! I will have to add this to Nate's wishlist. He is obsessed with learning facts about everything. He could spend hours reading "The Great Big Book Of Why" so this sounds like an excellent addition :)