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Weird-But-True Facts About Weather

978-1-61473-423-9. ea vol: 32p. (Weird-But-True Facts Series). further reading. glossary. index. websites. The Child's World. 2013. PLB $27.07.
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Gr 2–4—These high-interest titles deliver information on a variety of subjects. Each volume begins with an introduction to the topic and closes with the somewhat redundant assertion that the "weird-but-true" facts "are all true!" The facts themselves are printed in a bold, colorful font with supporting comments following in a smaller, less flashy typeface. Cartoon spot illustrations vary in quality from volume to volume, but are high in child appeal overall. The material covers a wide range of subjects, but the authors appear to have a good grasp on what will attract children, e.g., during his impeachment trial, President Nixon "was accused of illegally raising the price of McDonald's hamburgers." These amusing books will be popular for browsing, but are not informative enough for homework purposes.—Sam Bloom, Blue Ash Library, Cincinnati, OH

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