Day three of my first week of summer tribute offers a title that will bring laughter and awe to every reader. It is especially appealing to the kid who doesn’t like to read a book in numerical page order or loves to gaze at amazing pictures.
Awesome 8 (ages 8-12, $12.99) – A new series from Nat Geo Kids Books, Awesome 8 is the ultimate go-to guide for curious kids who want to know the who, what and where of the coolest things on the planet. With 50 top-8 lists, every turn of the page presents a different theme and counts down the greatest of the great top 8 of its kind. Awesome 8 lists include Coolest Coasters, Haughtiest Hotels, Wicked Water Slides, Perilous Predators, Remarkable Ruins, Weirdest Wonders and Swankiest Subways. Great for reluctant readers, each Awesome 8 list appears in photographs, layered with fun facts and insightful stories. (by Jen Agresta & Sarah Wassner Flynn)
Here are eight ways to describe this book: splendid, tremendous, fantastic, amazing, astounding, brilliant, impressive, and wow!
The special AWESOME 8 website extends the fun with even more awesomeness every other Wednesday.
To begin exploring the book I sat next to a recent 5th grade graduate. Each entry has colorful images along with a short few sentence description. He chose EIGHT ULTIMATE TOILETS on page 18 as his starting point (his review: OH MY GOSH!). I went with EIGHT DREAM DESTINATIONS on page 80 (Okay, book my flight). There are dozens more on the 100 plus pages and seven of the pages delve into the places and things featured with a more in-depth exploration.
Here’s a look at the table of contents (no apologies if you race right out to get this book):
Find your favorite? Post it in the comments for a chance to win a copy of AWESOME 8. along with the other three titles I’m reviewing this week. One winner will recieve all foru books. How can this summer get any better? The drawing will take place Sunday, June 26th at Noon EDT. Good luck. Comment each day and I’ll double your entries!
Warning: This is not your grandmother’s version of National Geographic. Middle grade readers will find them irresistible.