The world is full of surprises in every corner of this vast planet. The facts siding more on the weird side have been compiled in this inspiring and often jaw dropping edition of the Weird But True! series.

The cover of WORLD 2023 begs to be open. Inside are 9 chapters full of bold, spectacular pictures from places near and far. Journey across the seven continents and you will find weird, wacky, and amazing sights.

A sample of my favorites include HORSETAIL FALL’S FIREFALL in Yosemite, California; THE SWING AT THE END OF THE WORLD in Baños, Ecuador; and THE UNDERWATER WATERFALL on an island in the Indian Ocean.

If those don’t intrigue you there are hundreds more. The final bonus chapter even takes you into space where you’ll find what it’s like to live there along with the mysteries of the universe.

Fun personality quizzes reveal your likenesses (One of those reveals I’m more like a marine iguana!). Equally fun are the awards to the weirdest place, animal, and photo for 2023.

Weird But True! World 2023 is intended for kids, but even those of us a little older will find hours of eyeopening fun times seeing and reading this compilation. At 304 pages you will never get bored. Great job National Geographic Kids!


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2 Responses to WEIRD BUT TRUE WORLD 2023

  1. Sounds a fun and fascinating book to have in the house! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This would be a fun book for kids who like facts, as well as a book for taking trips. I am intrigued by the swing at the end of the world. I wonder who thinks up these amazing books for kids.

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