Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Annual Series -- "Reality Shock!" -- Now Available to Own (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Prepare for a dose of shock and “awwww” as Ripley Publishing’s new book 
Reality Shock!is now on sale.

"Reality Shock! is the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bestselling annual series. Crystal-clear photography paired with zany stories and amazing facts and figures, which are undeniably true but incredibly hard to believe, will make this book a must-have for every household."

  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Series: ANNUAL (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ripley Publishing (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609911091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609911096
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches

With the new school year comes the new Ripley's Believe it or Not books.  I have been a fan of the books for years, as you always learn weird yet interesting things including records people hold.  And, since I started blogging back in 2009, I have been covering the new releases each fall.  So, when I heard that the new "Reality Shock!" book was available, (it hit store shelves on Sept. 9th), I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.

If you like reading interesting and unusual stories and have never read a Ripley's Believe It Or Not book, you should really pick one and flip through the pages reading it.  Whenever I get a new release I find myself getting lost in the pages for hours, as I read through the different interesting stories and look at the unbelievable photos.

Here is more about the book:

"With all new content Reality Shock! is a mix of “can’t bear to look, but can’t look away” stories, people, facts and photos. It’s just the ticket for teens and tweens, whether they’re reluctant readers or constant page-turners.
Reality Shock! delivers strange stories, bizarre bits and twisted tales like only Ripley’s Believe It or Not! can. The content ranges from cute to creepy; what’s “great!” to one reader is just plain “gross!” to another – that’s part of the fun of Reality Shock!
Sections in Reality Shock! include:
  • ANIMALS – meet real-life wolf-man Werner Freund, who lives with a pack of wolves and feeds them directly from his mouth
  • SPORTS – find out why the new British sport of bubble soccer is such a kick
  • BODY – you won’t believe how a 56-year-old grandma can function with 18-inch long fingernails; she hasn’t cut them in 20 years!
  • FEATS – Canadian Lonnie Bissonnette is like no other BASE jumper – he hurls himself off bridges in his wheelchair
  • ART – learn about one photographer’s “Snot Shots” – they certainly are something to sneeze at
  • FOOD – people at one festival dine on octopus – while it’s still alive!
Reality Shock! is the perfect gift for curious minds, thrill seekers, and anyone interested in exploring the world of the extraordinary.
Reality Shock! makes the perfect holiday or birthday gift for any kid. They’ll love pouring over the weird, bizarre and fun stories from around the world – and relish the opportunity to gross out parents and friends. Mom and dad will be happy to see their child with a book that they can’t put down, and will likely be unable to resist the urge to flip through a few pages themselves."
This is one book that the whole family will enjoy reading, including adults and older children. For families with younger children, Ripley's also offers "Ripley's Fun Facts & Silly Stories THE BIG ONE!", which is perfect for younger audiences who want to read about wacky facts and stories, or bring a usual item to show-and-tell to share a few stories and photos with the class.
With over 250+ pages of unusual and oftentimes weird or wacky facts and stories, you will find yourself having a hard time putting this book down.  Also, you will scratch your head at many of the stories, wondering why people do things that they do, like the guy in the photo below who uses his beard as a bowl and so much more.  I for one could never eat food from a person's beard, or sit and watch someone do this.  
Bowl O’Beard Noodles
6_Bowl O'Beard Noodles
"Isaiah Webb, also known as Mr. Incredibeard has such a long beard that he can mold it into over 28 different designs. Using hairspray, hot curlers and a blowdryer, he has crafted his beard into thick strands that can hold a burger fries and a shake, five solo cups, and can also be molded into interesting geometric designs." *
And, if you are an animal lover, you will get your fix our unique animals like the vampire cat below...
Introducing the Vampire Cat...
"Lazarus is an unusual looking feline with a lovable disposition. Born with a cleft palate that makes him look like almost vampiric, this cat is so warm and cuddly that his owner is using him as a therapy cat."*
So, as you can see, this books is not only fun to read but also offers fascinating stories and facts that you will want to share with family and friends, and find yourself talking about.  What are you waiting for?  Add this new annual Ripley's release to your family's book collection, or pick up and leave on the coffee table for family and friends to enjoy.  And, with the holidays fast approaching this and the kid's book would make for great gift ideas for those hard to shop for people on your list. :-)
*Source: Photos and facts taken from the Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Reality Shock! book, http://www.ripleybooks.com/.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. I have always enjoyed this kind of thing and I would love to look through this book. I gotta say though that the guy with the gross beard bowl makes me sick.
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