As I’ve posted previously, books from Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Eye-Popping Oddities are very popular in this household. It’s extremely common for me to look up from my coffee in the morning to see the op of someone’s head, bent low over a book, toast in hand. When I ask, “What are you reading?” there’s a good chance it will be one of these books.
That said, I was quite surprised when Ripley contacted me to share that they were publishing their first board books. Board books! Those are for really little kids! What on earth was Ripley’s going to include?
Note: I should have known they’d be great. My children – in their tweens and teens – are fascinated with oddities of humanity. It’s only logical Ripley’s would do the same for preschoolers. But, let’s face it… I was a little nervous. Some of the oddness might be too odd for littles, right?
I worried for nothing. These books are great.
ODDphabet is your typical getting-to-know-the-alphabet book, Ripley adds in their flair with fun illustrations and silly rhymes
Wacky123 is a counting book. With the same sense of fun, young ones get to practice counting to twelve, using delightful, familiar objects such as bow ties, rubber ducks and cupcakes.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Ripley’s if there weren’t a little something extra…
Mamas, you’ll want to know that some of the strange and weird facts featured in Ripley exhibits and museums are used in these books.
Little ones get to count hats – two hats…
That are on the heads of the two-headed cow.
They count six muddy foot prints…
Made by the six-legged frog.
The same little green guy makes an appearance in ODDphabet,
along with a two-headed viper (who has twice the fun).
But not everything is. well, super strange. Some oddities are just that because they’re rare. Little readers will also learn about the narwhal, and count bees and pigs and colors.
All in all the books are full of good fun… plus a few things that will make you do a double-take… all while practice those important and fundamental concepts.