Friday, June 7, 2019

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is Celebrating 100 Years with Some Great New Releases -- Perfect for Summer Reading for Kids and Adults (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

I couldn't believe it when I read a press handout last month that said Ripley's was celebrating 100 years.  I knew they have been releasing books in their bestselling "Believe It or Not!" series, as I have been featuring them since I started blogging in 2007, and used to buy their books for years before this.  But, 100 years...WOW!.  It turns out Ripley's released their first "Believe It or Not" cartoon back in 1918, and ever since then they have continued to share everything odd, unusual and just plain weird.  If you follow my blog, then you have probably seen my annual posts showcasing the new Ripley's Believe It or Not! book.  

My family looks forward to this new release each and every year, to flip through the pages and read about all the odd and weird things people from all over the world do. Even my youngest, who is not big on reading, looks forward to this book, and will sit for hours, taking in all the full-color photos showing all the out of this world "Believe It or Not!" features, while also reading all about them.  Hey, if it takes looking at crazy, and at times bizarre and gross things for her to sit and read, I guess I will take it! :-)  And, once she is done reading through the book, she will usually come and share all about what she saw with her Daddy and I.  She flags pages just to show us the photos, in case we don't believe what she is telling us. 

Thanks to the kind folks at Ripley's Publishing, they recently sent three new releases for my family to enjoy, and for me to include in my "Welcome in Summer with a Good Book" feature, and I have to say, I am amazed year after year with all the odd, unusual and totally bizarre stuff they find to include in their bestselling books.  It seems like every year, they outdo themselves from the previous year.  And, when you get to the end of the book, you wonder what they will come up with for next year.  Just look at the new books which you and your family can enjoy this summer.  They will get you talking about what you saw and read, and share some of your favorite Ripley's "Believe It or Not!" bests from this year and previous years.

About the Book:

"Ripley's Believe It or Not! is globally renowned as the authority on the weird, the eccentric, and the amazing. Ripley's Believe It or Not! provides entertaining books for children of all ages which educates and informs them in a humorous style. The Ripley brand is known around the world as a trend-setting source of family-friendly fun and excitement! Every day the researchers at Ripley's are busy digging up the craziest true stories and the most unbelievable facts.

From its inception in 1918 and the days of Robert Ripley’s travels and broadcasts to the creation of the first BION and the company’s proud publishing history through the years after Ripley’s death to the incredible collections and the expansion into a world-class attractions company, fans and friends of the brand will be inspired, awed, and amazed. 

This book is a spectacular artifact of an American icon that people will want to make a part of their own collection and enjoy again and again.

Celebrate 100 years of the unbelievable with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Packed with stunning photography and never-before-seen photos, this coffee table book provides a comprehensive company history with stories, anecdotes, and fun facts."

About the Book:

"March to the beat of the weird with Play It Loud!This brand-new edition to the bestselling Fun Facts & Silly Stories series is packed with amazing stories, unbelievable facts, eye-catching photos, and wacky games and puzzles.

An all-new collection of extraordinary stories and facts, Play It Loud! is tailored for the curious kid ages 7 to 10. Interactive puzzles, fun games, and fascinating trivia make this big book entertaining for even the most reluctant reader!"
(Also available in hardcover)
About the Book:
"Sit back, relax, and enjoy 100 of the best unbelievable stories we've covered in our 100 year history! With expanded stories and amazing photos, this is a must-have for every Ripley's fan!

Celebrate 100 years of Ripley's Believe It or Not! with 100 of our best stories! Rediscover everything, from amazing people like famous half-man John Eck to unbelievable animals like Mike the headless chicken and absolutely incredible stories like the jockey who died while finishing first in a horse race and more. 

With spectacular photos and in-depth stories, everyone will find something old and something new to believe...or not!"

Both  of my girls really enjoyed the "Ripley's Kids: Believe It or Not! Fun Facts & Silly Stories -- Play It Loud!"  This is the first kid-focused Ripley's book we have owned, and it will definitely not be the last one.  Each and every page is filled with vibrant, colorful pictures that will catch the attention of kids (of all ages).  

And, interspersed throughout this kid-friendly Ripley's book are fun mazes, crossword puzzles and games, delighting kids as they read through the pages of this new release.  

The book is set up like other Ripley's books in that it includes all new stories and Ripley's facts.  But, the addition of the games and puzzles make it a great book for kids.  Plus, the stories included will peak the interest of kids.  Like, did you know that "chameleons bones can glow fluorescent under UV light"? Or, that "ketchup used to be sold in pills as medicine?"  My girls were not only entertained with the fun games and stories, but learned a lot, too, that they couldn't wait to share with their dad and I.  Just last night, the girls were reading through this book on the couch together, and kept stopping to tell us about what they were reading.   I still remember my youngest daughter telling me that "an ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 chicken eggs."  She then got up on tried looking for 24 eggs in the fridge, so that see could do a comparison.  She couldn't believe what she was looking at when she stuck all the eggs in a bowl.  All I heard was "Wow!...sister come check this out," as she called he sister over to see for herself.  

I could go on and on about all the fun and interesting facts and stories my girls have read about and shared with us, family and their friends, thanks to these three new Ripley's releases --but, why don't you pick up a copy of this kid-friendly Ripley's book for your family to check out for yourselves? We have this and the other two Ripley's books recently sent our way on the coffee table in the living room, and they continually get picked up to flip through by my girls and husband, as well as friends and family who are visiting.  You can't not scratch your head and do a double take at most of the stories that fill the pages of these Ripley's books.  They are so odd that they are hard to believe.  But, then you see the photos and/or Google the stuff and you see that it is true.  Then, you are like, "Wow, no way!"  It is like this with all the Ripley's books we own, and just looking at the bookcase in our living where we keep our Ripley's collection, there is a shelf just dedicated to these amazing and oh so interesting books, that are enjoyed time and again.

If your family love the Ripley's books, and are you are looking to add to your family's collection, why not consider picking up one or all three of the above mentioned new Ripley's books?  We have been enjoying these books, and all agree that they are all great, and a must have for fans of Ripley's.  And, with summer approaching, these would make for great books to share with the kids, especially during their school break.  They are great for reluctant readers, or those who love books filled with colorful pictures, and stories that are so far fetched, you will be asking yourself if they are true or it.  To learn more about these and other books in the Ripley's Believe It or Not series, head on over to  



Ripley’s Believe It or Not! returns to the Travel Channel with host and executive producer Bruce Campbell! Don’t miss the premiere on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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