Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Fact or Fib? 2FACT or FIB? 2: A Challenging Game of True or False by Kathy Furgang, 207 pages.
@SPL:  J 500 Fur

Fact or fib? A space suit has thirteen layers of material to keep an astronaut alive in space. During the first moon landing, in 1969, footprints were made on the surface which are still there today. The popsicle was invented by an eleven-year-old.  As bananas ripen, they taste sweeter. A person could live for more than a month without food as long as drinkable water was available.

Fact or fib? Your stomach uses more oxygen than any other part of your body. If a man never shaved during his entire lifetime, his beard would be more than nine metres long!  Less than ten percent of the earth’s oceans have been explored. Police can more easily track and catch criminals who use smart phones. 

Readers will become caught up in the challenge of guessing the truth or untruth of these thought-provoking statements.

Answers and further information about each topic can be found by turning the page. Fascinating and informative, Fact or Fib 2 (and its prequel, Fact or Fib) would be thoroughly enjoyed by reluctant readers, enthusiastic readers and adults as well.

** Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

I Didn't Do My Homework BecauseI Didn’t Do my Homework Because … by Davide Cali, 44 pages.
@SPL:  JP Cali

“Fact or fib?” is the question your teacher might ask after hearing yet another excuse for unfinished homework!

Davide Cali’s book may be small in size but it provides some very tall tales to offer as excuses to skeptical teachers, as well as some tips for inventing new homework excuses.

Could you finish your homework if an airplane full of monkeys suddenly landed in your yard, if Vikings attacked your house, if giant lizards invaded your neighbourhood, or if your sister’s rabbit chewed up all your pencils and workbooks?  Of course not!

If you and your brother were kidnapped by a circus, or by a UFO, how could your teacher possibly expect you to even think of your homework?

Perhaps you very generously gave all of your pencils to Robin Hood, or a tornado swept up all your books.  Perhaps your mom’s prize carnivorous plant ate your homework. 

The possibilities are endless!

While students should remember that their excuses should be somewhat believable and that each should not be used more than once, teachers should remember that sometimes “Truth is stranger than fiction!”

Children will chuckle at this completely nonsensical book, enhanced by artist Benjamin Chaud’s droll illustrations.

** Recommended for ages 6 to 9 years.
Published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.


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