Title: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True
Publisher: Ripley Publishing
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Ripley Publishing builds on its worldwide success with the launch of a new annual in its multimillion bestselling series. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True is an all-new collection of the strangest stories from around the globe. An eye-catching red and silver holographic foil cover with lenticular ensures that the book stands out on the shelf.
A mind-boggling array of incredible and bizarre facts, stories, interviews, lists, and features are all presented in a bright new design. Look out for a special section on weird Olympic facts, and some stunning features on tattooed ladies, ancient mummies, and walls of death, among many others. Fascinating interviews with some of the planet’s most extraordinary people explore their motivations, while the popular “Ripley Research” boxes explain the science behind some of the most unbelievable tales in the book.
Strikingly True also includes a dramatic 8-page gatefold pullout that celebrates the sideshow performers who appeared at Ripley’s first ever Odditorium—at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. With something strange to entertain and shock every member of the family, Strikingly True is sure to continue the massive success of the expanding Ripley’s book brand.
It is a happy day in our house when a new Ripley’s book arrives. I do have three boys, ages 13, 12, and 9, after all. But, to be honest, it’s not just the boys who find themselves poring over the pages, marveling and exclaiming over the astonishing pictures. Natalie and I are just as fascinated by the crazy, weird, and sometimes disturbing – but all true! – stories presented in these books.
One of the things I love the most about these books, is that it gets even my most reluctant reader excited about books – and that is always a good thing. The fact that the three boys will crawl into one bed before sleep at night and read the pages out loud to one another, often asking for “just a few more minutes” before they have to retire to their own beds and shut off the light is something that makes this mother’s heart happy.
The holiday season is just around the corner (I know, I know – it’s not even officially autumn yet, but you know as well as I do that once school starts back up, we just snowball to the end of the year!) and this book would make a fantastic gift for any of the kids in your life.