My 7 and 11-year-old love The National Geographic Kids Magazine. They have all the back issues stacked up and leaf through them while having a snack or when they are bored. My oldest loves saying, ” mom did you know…” or regaling me of some off-beat fact that only Nat Geo would research. So when I received these three awesome books; Weird But True, The Big Book Of Fun and The 2011 Almanac, I knew I would hear tons of trivia and facts.
Weird But True – Based upon the hugely popular page in the National Geographic Kids magazine, kids will definitely say “wow!,” “cool!” and “gross!” as they flip through the 301 outrageous facts and learn, for instance, that peanut butter can be converted into a diamond, an elephants tooth can weigh as much as a bowling ball and a dog can make about 100 different facial expressions!
In Weird But True did you know: If you run in the rain, you will get about 50% wetter than if you stand still? Or A hundred-year-old chocolate bar sold for nearly $700.
The Big Book of Fun – Featuring National Geographic’s signature photography and vivid graphics, this interactive game book includes over 75 games, mazes, fill-in-the-blank stories, trivia tests and more.
In The Big Book of Fun, my boys took this book on vacation. It kept them occupied in the car and at restaurants and even in the hotel before bed. Betcha didn’t know that it took 570 gallons of paint to paint the White House or in 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating ONE olive from each salad served in first class, and there is cell phone reception at the summit of Mt. Everest.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011 – Introduced last year and updated for 2011, this best-selling almanac has quickly become the gold standard. Kids will love the more than 50 puzzles, projects, and cool experiments, the 500 pictures of our planet and all that’s on it and the more than 5,000 fun and amazing facts. Parents will love it because its chapters on science, geography, and history — plus more than 15 homework-helper sections — is a terrific way to kick-start their kids’ brains as the new school year approaches.
I looked through The Almanac 2011 and just kept flipping through it, I couldn’t put it down. It is divided into several sections like Wonders of Nature, Awesome Adventure and History Happens. With over 300 pages, it is sure to keep your kids entertained.
Disclosure: I was provided with product for this review. All views and opinions with regard to the National Geographic Kids Books or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.