What's Weird on Earth is a magnificent work. Although it may be billed as a children's book, I think that it can also serve as a coffee-table book. It seems larger than its ten by twelve inch size; perhaps because most of the pages are in the form of a two-page color spread.
The weird facts are arranged in categories, usually displayed against an outline map of the continents. Some of my favorites: raining animals, mysterious monsters, odd geography, madcap museums, and abandoned towns.
I do have a few weird places of my own to add. In no-go zones, there is Mercury, Nevada. It is next to the highway, which connects Las Vegas with Death Valley. The signs on the highway say that if you do not have business there, do not get off the highway. It is sort of a Twilight Zone place. It exists perhaps, but not for you. Have a look on Google maps.
Among the strange architectures, there is a train line, which passes through a building. I would add the Swiss railway which passes through the Eiger and has a window serving the purpose of saving climbers in trouble. (See the attached photo.) The Eiger Sanction movie did not make this up.
I found very few errors. One which is very commonly made, even by natives, is a reference to a place in New York City, which the book calls Grand Central Station. Its actual name is Grand Central Terminal, but if you ask someone on the street in Manhattan for directions to Grand Central Station, they will know what you are talking about.
Altogether, I loved this book. In some respects, it can be compared to a visual display of Snapple Facts, but the artwork makes it so much more entertaining.
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: DORLING KINDERSLEY; 1 edition (26 February 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780241317624
- ISBN-13: 978-0241317624
- ASIN: 0241317622
- Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 1.7 x 30.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)