Super Humans!

9780062341730. ea vol: 176p. (Guinness World Records). photos. HarperCollins. Feb. 2016. pap. $12.99.
Gr 4–7—Records set by humans doing everyday and extraordinary things are the focus of Super Humans! Clear, up-close photographs of people doing skateboard tricks and a watermelon being smashed by a human head will intrigue the upper-elementary and middle school set. The text boxes are imbedded in the photographs they describe to reduce confusion. Additional fact boxes are inserted to clarify vocabulary new to readers. The graphics are well designed for clarity of content as well as visual appeal. Because size always matters to kids (whether it has to do with cookies, cars, or critters), the new Biggest and Smallest entry will be read and reread until it falls apart. Beautiful, full-color, close-up photos of dogs surfing in open water, the largest display of fruit, and a 15-pound wedding cake will certainly grab their attention. This volume is divided into sections such as "Animals," "Games," "Food," "Artistry," "Vehicles," "Curiosities," and "Achievements." The inclusion of people of diverse ages and ethnicities and various geographical areas throughout these volumes ensures readers will be introduced to different world cultures in a high-interest way.
VERDICT Fans of the series can't go wrong with these additions.

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