Weird but True! OCEAN

Dive into these fishy facts: Did you know that the prehistoric shark, megalodon, had jaws so big that it could swallow a car? Or that goats, pigs, dogs, cats, and even an alpaca have all learned how to surf? And if that’s not weird enough for you, one man even rowed solo across the Pacific Ocean for 312 days!  In this book filled with 300 facts and pictures, you’ll glimpse the ocean’s weirdest wildlife, uncover shocking shipwrecks, and meet sensational seafarers, from pirates and sailors to ground-breaking marine scientists. Perfect for ocean enthusiasts and trivia-loving landlubbers alike!

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MY TAKE

A small book perfect for travel!

I’ve reviewed many other titles in this series like USA and HALLOWEEN. There is so much packed into these little gems and the newest centering on the Ocean is no exception. They’ve really outdone themselves with this edition. Colorful images fill every page and facts are ones that will have you enjoying again and again. One read through is not enough.

Over 190 pages of fascinating finds and you don’t have to read them in order. You could even begin at the end of book’s 8-page Index/Factfinder to find your favorite Ocean topic.

The facts are meant to be shared. My favorites included:

  • SOME SPECIES OF ALBATROSS CAN FLY AROUND THE GLOBE IN JUST OVER A MONTH (p. 40)
  • SEAHORSE COUPLES DANCE TOGETHER EVERY MORNING—SOMETIMES FOR HOURS. (p. 95).
  • BLUE WHALE CALVES DRINK 100 GALLONS OF MILK A DAY. (p. 153)

WEIRD BUT TRUE! OCEAN can be enjoyed by kids and adults. Tuck it in your carry-on this summer and enjoy!

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About Greg Pattridge

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4 Responses to Weird but True! OCEAN

  1. danielle hammelef says:

    I love these books and have three of them in our home library. The photos and facts are amazing. Now I have to get this one too as I love the ocean.

  2. Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    The Weird But True series is definitely a great one—I enjoyed many of the original numbered books in the series a number of years ago! This one sounds like a great one too—the facts you quote from it are fascinating! (I’ll make a note of the one about sea horses, since if someone forced me to pick a favorite animal—which has actually happened—I would pick sea horses.) Thanks so much for the great review!

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    These National Geographic Kids Magazines were always popular in my classroom. I taught thirty-one years, primarily in the middle grades from 2-6.

  4. I do love all these books that NatGeo puts out. This one looks great. Thanks for the heads up.

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