Review: Pick Me Up

Book: Paperback
210 x 133mm
352 pages
ISBN 9780756655334
25 Aug 2009
Dorling Kindersley
10 - 17 years

From the Publisher:

The zany world of The New York Times Best Selling Pick Me Up comes to you in a fabulous paperback edition. This is no run-of-the-mill reference book. Graphic novels, blog sites, comic strips, and more present information on everything you can think of. All entries are cross-referenced to others, keeping readers engaged for hours. You won't be able to put it down!

Pick Me Up is divided into 8 sections - Science, technology, and space, Society, places, and beliefs, History, The Natural World, People who made the world, Arts, entertainment, and media, You and your body, and Planet Earth. What's cool about this book (beyond the actual information in it) is that on most pages you will find a reference to something which will link to another blurb within the book. When you  go to the next indicated page, you are off on a tangent learning some other fact that is loosely related to the first. You could easily get lost following the information associations forever! (And not in a bad way :-)

There are pictures, diagrams, puzzles, mind tricks, and more. Strange correlations like Ancient Greece's influence on chewing gum or guessing who would win a fight between Genghis Khan and Spiderman are some of things we get to learn about or ponder

Pick Me Up is a great way for kids to learn about the world we live in, in small amounts at a time, while hopefully piquing further curiousity into the topics. The format used to present the information is also very effective in maintaining a kid's attention. But you don't have to be a kid to enjoy this book; Pick Me Up is a great book for lovers of Jeopardy type shows or those (like myself) who love researching interesting tidbits to learn something new.

Happy Reading
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