Here’s a weird but true fact about me and my son: WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE WEIRD BUT TRUE BOOKS FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.
And yes, I had to type that in all caps. It was necessary. That’s how strongly we feel about these books. Here’s why.
– The information is so weird but IT’S ALL TRUE.
– We know it’s true because I asked one of their editors how it works. They collect these weird facts and then verify them from three expert sources.
– It’s easy reading for me (when I’m tired and not in the mood to read Evan a story) and easy reading for him (and a great way for him to learn new words).
– The books are full of tidbits of information. It’s like a teaspoonful of something interesting. It doesn’t make our brains hurt.
– So many of these facts have been launching points for us to google a fact and learn more about what we’ve read. That’s the best part.
We probably have read every single book in the Weird but True collection and we probably come close to owning them all. But kids love them so much that National Geographic is always finding a new twist for a new Weird but True book.
Presenting: Weird but True Food
Now, you might be thinking how weird? how true? Because if you’re a mom like me, you don’t want to get grossed out. So here’s a sampling of some of the important pieces of information you’ll learn:
“You can buy a candle that smells like a hamburger.”
I say, spend a shift working at McDonald’s and you can bring home that smell just as easily!
“The Japanese tradition of eating pufferfish – one of the world’s most poisonous fish – kills five people every year.”
Here’s my advice: SKIP THE PUFFERFISH. Tilapia is probably just as good anyway.
“A diner in Ohio serves grilled cheese sandwiches made with donuts.”
All I have to say about that is, Ohio, where have you been all my life?
But don’t just take my word for it. It is a kids book after all. So who better to review it than a kid! Here’s my kid offering some of his favorite facts along with his own subtle commentary.
And since you made it this far, let’s have some fun. Tell me the weirdest food you’ve ever had, be it in a foreign country or at your local state fair.
Oh hey. I’m a National Geographic Kids Insider. It basically means I love them and they love me but no money ever exchanges hands (they’re a non-profit organization). They send me books from time to time and I write about them if I feel like it.