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. Volume XIII Number 3 . . . . September 29, 2006
The tabloid-inspired format is not only engaging, but it allows for the inclusion of headline news stories as well as factoids (Exposed), sidebars (Fiction vs Reality), and other interesting anecdotes. The author has also included two features, Hoax Busters and Strange but True, which add a critical thinking component to the book “to develop your sense of phony baloney.” The appealing full colour illustrations by Greg Hall add humour and interest to the stories and effectively separate the text components when there are several on a single page.
Author Keltie Thomas, an award-winning children's science writer and editor, provides readers of all ages with sensational stories that provide the “inside scoop on how the life of humans is stranger than fiction.” The attractive format, the easy-to-read text (although the smaller font and background colours on some pages is not as clear) and the extraordinary subject matter make this short, 64 page book captivating and thought-provoking. Planet Earth News Presents: Super Humans draws its readers through the fascinating and, at times, bizarre field s of science, history, physiology and psychology.
Janice Foster is a teacher librarian at Henry G. Izatt Middle School in Winnipeg, MB.
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