Book Review: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 Annual
Last month, the new annual of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! was published and as always it’s full of extraordinary stories, mind-boggling facts and amazing photographs.
The annual has become a classic and a Christmas must-have for its many loyal fans. Last year, it was a Top 10 bestseller and this year it’s back with a completely new compendium of strange but completely true facts and fascinating stories ranging from a woman who married a Ferris wheel to a girl who cries stone tears and a drone pizza delivery service and lots more. The book is packed with features that are funny, weird, creepy, scary, disgusting, fascinating or amazing — there’s a bit of everything!
There are 10 chapters with different themes:
- Believe it!
- Pop Culture
- Beyond Relief
Though I knew of some of the stories in the books from the internet and TV, most were brand new to me and all material is new to this year’s annual — they never repeat content from one edition to the next which is brilliant.
The cover of the book has a 3D effect of eyes popping out which looks cool and a bit scary. I think the book would make a great Christmas gifts for kids around 9-13 years old but it would also be a fun book to read around Halloween.
There’s also a game that you can play online where you choose from a few of the photos from the book and add your face to it. You can zoom in and out and rotate your photo to make it look just right. It’s quick and fun and soon you have your very own Ripley’s photo that you can save and show friends and family. Find the game here.
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 Annual is available from book shops now. You can pick it up from Amazon for just £8.99 which is a brilliant price for a sturdy hardcover book filled with colour photographs.
We were sent a copy of this book for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.