Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Uncle John's Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! by Bathroom Readers' Institute


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

It’s wacky and fun! It’s easy to read! It’s a whole new twist on learning! And it’s FOR KIDS ONLY--boys, girls, kids who like to read, kids who don’t, kids with noses, nosey kids, kids who pick their noses…even grown up kids. Anyone who opens Uncle John’s Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader will find page after page of fascinating facts and tantalizing true stories about science, history, pop culture, sports, amazing kids, goofy grownups, and (hold your noses…) disgustingly smelly things!
Part of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader FOR KIDS ONLY series, this illustrated edition features such topics as
* The World’s Smelliest Ghosts
* The Founding Father who Farted Proudly
* A Mama Mutt that Adopted a Human Baby
* South Africa’s Snake Girl
* The Abominable Crustacean
* Cleopatra’s Beauty Tips
* An Artist Who Sculpts with Toenail Clippings,
Plus…riddles and jokes, quotes and quizzes, brainteasers, word-origins, and much, much more!
Uncle John’s Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader includes story lengths to fit any attention span (or accommodate any duration of Throne Time)--“short” (one page), “medium” (two pages), and “long” (three to five pages)--and they’re all fun, informative, and educational. Warning: If you drink milk while reading this book, it may come out of your nose.

MY TAKE:
There aren't a lot of trivia books out there for kids that are as big as this one.

In Uncle John's Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader For Kids Only!, kids learn all sorts of trivia about anything under the sun. It also has tons of activities that they can do if they get tired of reading.

Since this book is meant for bathroom reading, the articles come in different lengths, namely short, medium and long. I'm not sure if a lot of kids read while they're on the toilet, but even if they didn't, they could always bring this along when they're going somewhere and they can read bits and pieces of it while waiting or when they're on their way somewhere.

If you're familiar with the other Bathroom Reader books, then you already have an idea how the content and layout of this book is. If you aren't familiar, though, I think the most important thing to not is that there aren't a lot of pictures here, so if your kid prefers books with lots of pictures, this one might bore him or her.

Thanks to NetGalley and Portable Press for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. It covers a wide range of topics.
  2. The tone is very conversational.
  3. There are activities for kids to do.

THE BAD:

  1. There are only a few pictures in the book.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
In a hurry? Studies show you make faster decisions if you have to pee.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child likes trivia books.
  2. You want your child to read more but he or she has a short attention span.
  3. Your kid gets bored easily.

RATING:
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