Wonders indeed on every hand, not to mention rich inspiration for budding curio collectors and naturalists.

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THE INCREDIBLE CABINET OF WONDERS

From the Lonely Planet Kids series

Stashed on shelves or behind dozens of lift-the-flap “drawers,” a cornucopia of monsters, miniatures, and other marvels from museum collections worldwide.

Arranged in 12 thematic collections, the curiosities—over 100—range from a preserved body louse in extreme close-up (“That red stuff is human blood”) paired with a glimpse of “Sue,” the renowned T. Rex fossil, in the “Monster Hunter’s Cabinet” to a “Tailor’s Cabinet” of outré historical fashion. There are also a variety of elaborately carved masks and creepy puppets or dolls, Tippoo’s Tiger (a toy tiger ravening a British soldier with a toy organ inside to emulate human moans), a matchstick model of the Titanic, gems, gold coins, and the world’s largest playable tuba. Each item comes with a short descriptive note and a museum (or other place, such as “On your head” for a head louse) where it can be viewed. Though most of the material has been gathered from the U.S and the U.K., institutions on every inhabited continent are represented. Different illustrators have designed each “cabinet” with a distinctive look and architecture, and the flaps vary in size from full-page gatefolds on down to slightly larger than postage stamps.

Wonders indeed on every hand, not to mention rich inspiration for budding curio collectors and naturalists. (Informational novelty. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 17, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-78701-104-5

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Lonely Planet

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2017

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A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers.

DON'T READ THIS BOOK BEFORE BED

THRILLS, CHILLS, AND HAUNTINGLY TRUE STORIES

A compendium of paranormal doings, natural horrors, and eerie wonders worldwide and (in several senses) beyond.

Maladroit title aside (“…in Bed” would make more sense, cautionwise), this collection of hauntings, cryptids, natural and historical mysteries, and general titillation (“Vampire bats might be coming for you!”) offers a broad array of reasons to stay wide awake. Arranged in no discernible order the 60-plus entries include ghostly sightings in the White House and various castles, body-burrowing guinea worms, the Nazca lines of Peru, Mothman and Nessie, the hastily abandoned city of Pripyat (which, thanks to the Chernobyl disaster, may be habitable again…in 24,000 years), monarch-butterfly migrations, and diverse rains of fish, frogs, fireballs, and unidentified slime. Each is presented in a busy whirl of narrative blocks, photos, graphics, side comments, and arbitrary “Fright-O-Meter” ratings (Paris’ “Creepy Catacombs” earn just a “4” out of 10 and black holes a “3,” but the aforementioned aerial amphibians a full “10”). The headers tend toward the lurid: “Jelly From Space,” “Zombie Ants,” “Mongolian Death Worm.” Claybourne sprinkles multiple-choice pop quizzes throughout for changes of pace.

A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2841-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2017

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THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

In a large, handsome format, Tarnowska offers six tales plus an abbreviated version of the frame story, retold in formal but contemporary language and sandwiched between a note on the Nights’ place in her childhood in Lebanon and a page of glossary and source notes. Rather than preserve the traditional embedded structure and cliffhanger cutoffs, she keeps each story discrete and tones down the sex and violence. This structure begs the question of why Shahriyar lets Shahrazade [sic] live if she tells each evening’s tale complete, but it serves to simplify the reading for those who want just one tale at a time. Only the opener, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” is likely to be familiar to young readers; in others a prince learns to control a flying “Ebony Horse” by “twiddling” its ears, contending djinn argue whether “Prince Kamar el Zaman [or] Princess Boudour” is the more beautiful (the prince wins) and in a Cinderella tale a “Diamond Anklet” subs for the glass slipper. Hénaff’s stylized scenes of domed cityscapes and turbaned figures add properly whimsical visual notes to this short but animated gathering. (Folktales. 10-12)

 

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84686-122-2

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Barefoot

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2010

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