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Toronto, Greey de Pencier, 1990. 77pp, paper, $12.95
ISBN 0-920775-52-7. CIP

Grades 4 to 8/Ages 9 to 13
Reviewed by Stan R. Kozak.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

Would You Believe It? is number three in OWL magazine's question-and-answer series. True to its origins, it comes across with more of a magazine flavour than a non-fiction, science/ nature publication. This is good trivia reading. Over 120 questions posed by the readers of OWL magazine are answered, with many accompanied by good illustrations and some excellent photographs. Would You Believe It? is indexed; however, information pro­vided lacks sufficient depth to make it a very useful research source.

For the most part Would You Believe It? presents answers to questions that are quite believable. The reader learns the answer to many straightforward questions regarding the height of baby giraffes, and the size of the largest flying bird, and, to those not so straightfor­ward, dealing with the nature of black holes and personal space. Naturally, there are many questions that only a child would have the sensibility to pose such as "Why do boats have round windows?' or "Do fish ever get dirty?"

I was annoyed by the first question in the book regarding baby hedgehogs and the presence of spines before birth. Asking the question about baby porcu­pines would have added more meaning to North American readers.

Recommended cataloguing should be questioned by every practical librarian. On searching out the previous OWL question-and-answer books in my library, I found them languishing in the non-fiction section. My copy of Would You Believe It? will enjoy greater circula­tion in the paperback section.

Stan R. Kozak, Guelph, Ont.
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