________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 3 . . . . September 29, 2006

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Planet Earth News Presents: Super Humans. (Planet Earth News).

Keltie Thomas. Illustrated by Greg Hall.
Toronto, ON: Maple Tree Press, 2006.
64 pp., pbk. & cl., $12.95 (pbk.), $21.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-897066-52-X (pbk.), ISBN 1-897066-51-1.

Subject Headings:
History-Miscellanea-Juvenile literature.
Curiosities and wonders-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Janice Foster.

***½ /4

excerpt:

Meet some mummies … and discover the tales their ancient flesh scare up today….The case of the toad-vomiting woman remained unsolved throughout her life. … In 1928, Joseph Greenstein stopped a plane from taking off with the strength of his hair. …Computers Take Over the World.”

 
In a world where the “extraordinary” makes the news, Planet Earth News Presents: Super Humans will easily grab the attention of its audience. Following author Keltie Thomas' recent book, Nature Shocker, Super Humans contains incredible true stories, and some are not quite true, involving human ingenuity combined with unbelievable quirks that will captivate the reader. From real hobbits and robo-lobsters that hunt mines to fads such as talking handbags and light sabers to defend your gums, the wide variety of short news stories exposes human complexity and wackiness.

     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.


Recommended.

Janice Foster is a teacher librarian at Henry G. Izatt Middle School in Winnipeg, MB.

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