Robert Ripley is certainly making a comeback. Earlier this year, a new fiction adventure series was released set at Ripley High, in Robert RipleyÃ¢ÂÂs former home, and now thereÃ¢ÂÂs a brand-new RipleyÃ¢ÂÂs Believe It or Not! title. The hologram of a frightened kid on the front cover will surely draw in readers who might not be familiar with the concept; once there, they will be mesmerised by all the bizarre information inside. Although billed as all new, right off the bat there are some old favourites, like Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, as well as other photos from previous eras. That said, this oversize, hefty volume is so crammed full of human and animal oddities, supernatural sensations, incredible feats, and other general weirdness that itÃ¢ÂÂs sure to have kids saying Gross! for a long, long time. Occasional RipleyÃ¢ÂÂs Research boxes help explain the science, and an index allows readers easy access to their favourite tidbits. Plus itÃ¢ÂÂs all in full colour. Grades 5-7. --Ilene Cooper
Ripley Publishing, based in the UK, is the publishing arm of Ripley Entertainment Inc., the owner of the internationally famous trademark Ripley's Believe It or Not! As world authority on all that is unbelievable, the company offers up its vast archives of the strange and unusual through books, television shows, tourist attractions, motion pictures, merchandise and the worldwide syndication of its daily newspaper cartoon. Ripley researchers across the globe are busy each day digging deep into the world of the odd and bizarre to compile enough fresh anexciting material to fill the Believe It or Not! series of books published each year.
"REVIEW FROM PITTSBURGHLIVE "Ripley's Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare Fact-filled 'Ripley's book is fun for kids of all ages. By Terri Schlichenmeyer, FOR THE LEADER TIMES You figured you could handle it. It was supposed to be the scariest movie ever. Ever, and you couldn't wait to see it. Really, you're a big kid and it couldn't be that bad ... But walking out of the theater, you were shaking, weak-kneed, and hoarse from screaming. There were parts of the movie you couldn't even watch, it was so scary. It gave you nightmares, for sure. And it was sooo cooool. Now that you're back to Earth and sleeping again, are you ready for more thrills? Then grab a copy of "Ripley's Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare!" It's not quite as scary as that movie, but it's 20 times cooler.What did other kids do with their summer vacations? Check it out: a kid in Germany climbs walls by using darts as hand-holds. A girl in Hawaii wins surfing championships desp