Cool books: Star Trek Book of Opposites, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True, kids will love

For the youngest and the ‘tween and teen readers, there are two great books to add to the family library this September, 2011.

First up is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True – an all-new collection of the strangest stories from around the globe. The book rocks a pretty eye-catching red and silver holographic foil cover with lenticular and makes quite the must-have for bored kids looking to see the extemes in human physiology, feats and more.



The book is a mind-boggling array of incredible and bizarre facts, stories, interviews, lists, and features in a truly readable large page visual smorgasbord. There’s a special section on weird Olympic facts, and some stunning features on tattooed ladies, ancient mummies, and walls of death, among many others.



Also: Fascinating interviews with some of the planet’s most extraordinary people explore their motivations, while the popular “Ripley Research” boxes explain the science behind some of the most unbelievable tales in the book.

Strikingly True also includes a dramatic 8-page gatefold pullout that celebrates the sideshow performers who appeared at Ripley’s first ever Odditorium—at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.


Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing (September 13, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1609910001
ISBN-13: 978-1609910006
Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 0.8 inches



For the wee tots, the latest cardboard chunk book is Star Trek Book of Opposites by David Borgenicht. 

Trekkie moms and dads rejoice, don’t let your toddler learn pedestrian baby-talk, that kid needs educatin’! This makes a hilarious baby gift for a Star Trek fan.

The Book of Opposites (Quirk Books, $9.95; September 6, 2011) will transport readers, both adult and child, on an exciting voyage of silly educational fun, pairing colorful photographs of Star Trek’s heroes and aliens to convey the concept of opposites through immediate visual humor.

Even though it is for kids, I loved looking through it. The humor is very clever and I really do miss the Star Trek of my early years.

A picture book that uses tongue-in-cheek stills from the classic 1960s-era TV show, Star Trek Book of Opposites introduces basic early-learning concepts. With the help of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and two dozen images from across the galaxy, parents can teach their children the meaning of happy and sad, big and little, apart and together, and other key word pairs. With a hip, up-market design, Star Trek Book of Opposites is the perfect kitschy gift for Trekkies of all ages!

Author David Borgenicht had to make this book, as his first Star Trek convention was attended when he was nine years old. He is coauthor of all the books in the New York Times best-selling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and author of The Jewish Mother Goose and Sesame Street Unpaved, among many other titles.

Published by Quirk Books

Hardcover, Under $10! 24 pages, 8 x 8

ISBN: 978-1-59474-519-5

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

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