Title: The World Almanac for Kids 2014
Editor: Sarah Janssen
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: World Almanac
Recommended Ages: 7+
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
A colorful and exciting reference tool that covers it all – from sports and animals to movies and tv.
The World Almanac® for Kids is the best-selling reference book for kids, with more than 4.4 million copies sold. Filled with thousands of fun, fascinating facts and essential homework help on a wide range of subjects, this engaging, full-color almanac has been completely updated, with hundreds of new photographs, dozens of completely new features, and a wealth of puzzles, games, activities, maps, websites, and much more. An ideal homework aid and a joy to read for kids and adults alike, The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 provides timely and timeless information on popular subjects such as animals, science, sports, music, U.S. history, and more.
1. What is the book about? This book is about all kinds of facts like which animals are endangered, what’s the most popular kind of dog, information about different countries, life on Earth, and lots of other things. I haven’t read the whole book, but I like to flip through and read a couple of pages at a time.
2. What do you think of the way the book looks (pictures, words, etc.)? I thought it was really awesome because I like the pictures and where they were, because it’s really easy to see them and they make it live action using real photos and using real colour. And there’s A LOT of pictures.
3. What are some of the cool facts that you ran across while reading the book? Some endangered animals are chimpanzees, the rhinoceros, leatherback sea turtles, and the Amur leopard. There are thousands of Earthquakes each year. We live in an earthquake region on the West Coast. I learned that there are such things as flying frogs and they have just been discovered in Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
4. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really, really loveed the book and I want to read a little bit every day because I’ve learned so many new things. I loved the pictures of the koalas. I want to give it 7 million stars but my Mom won’t let me (again), so I’ll just give it 5 stars.
5. Who do you think would like this book? I think everybody would like this book. Everybody in our family including my tante Michele liked this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: So I was approached by a publicist and asked if we would be willing to review the World Almanac and the Book of Facts 2014. I politely declined as I felt that the book’s target audience was older than my kids. To my surprise the response was, “No problem, we have the World Almanac for Kids 2014 instead.” YESSSSS!!!
I grew up in a household where, every year, we would get the Guinness Book of World Records and the World Almanac. We had subscriptions to National Geographic magazine, World magazine, Reader’s Digest, the daily newspaper, AND we owned TWO complete encyclopedia sets. To say that we are a fact-loving family would be a gross understatement. I am over the moon with excitement that my kids love flipping through books and magazines just soaking up interesting facts about the world around them.
This book is AWESOME! I LOVE IT! There are over 35 categories of facts about things such as animals, geography, inventions, the environment, books (!), sports, movies, music, mythology (I’m squealing as I write this – seriously!) It’s like a mini-encyclopedia bursting with information all presented in a visually eye-popping way with LOTS of photographs, LOTS of colour, LOTS of infographics, and LOTS of facts. Did I say I love it – because I LOVE IT!
Here is an image of part of one page in the book:
As you can see, the pages are visually interesting; there is just the right amount of information; and the information is presented using age-appropriate language. The World Almanac for Kids 2014 is head and shoulders over that “other book” we recently reviewed. *ahem*
There is, of course, one thing I must mention. Because I’m Canadian, I did notice that there is a bit of an American bias in the book, even if it is the “World Almanac”. For example, there is a section on the United States and many of the entries, under sports in particular, focus on American achievements. Even the section entitled “Military” is all about wars in U.S. History. Ok, I realize it is made in the U.S., but still!!
My Bottom Line: The World Almanac for Kids is a well-designed, visually beautiful, kid-friendly mini-encyclopedia bursting with fun facts for kids. This book is guaranteed to entertain children for hours and they WILL keep going back to it (unless they have to fight their Mom for it!) I highly recommend this fabulous book for independent readers aged 7 years and older.
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review. *
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