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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019
rev. ed. 352p. illus. index. maps. reprods. National Geographic. May 2018. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426330148; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781426330131.
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Gr 3–7—Did you know that 97 percent of Earth's water is undrinkable? Or that Napoleon feared cats? Little-known facts about science, history, geography, and more comprise this updated best-selling book, clearly one of the leaders in the world of almanacs. Boasting more than 500 color photos, it touts itself as "everything you always wanted to know about everything," and that lofty claim doesn't disappoint. Previous volumes have been favorites among reluctant readers and those scouring for fascinating trivia. This 2019 edition discusses technology innovations such as apps, drones, and robotics. In addition to traditional almanac topics (flags, maps, etc.), this browsable title offers science games and fun lists, including "cool events" in 2019—World Emoji Day, anyone?
VERDICT An excellent choice for librarians looking to refresh outdated almanacs.

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