Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Enter if You Dare! (Review and Giveaway)

Many people are fascinated by the unusual and bizarre things of this world, from two-headed lizards to sword-swallowing to tiny people! And Ripley’s Believe It or Not definitely leads the pack in uncovering and showcasing the strangest stories around the globe. One way in which they do this is through their annual “Yearbook of the Weird.” Each year, they put out a huge hardcover book with fascinating stories and photos that are guaranteed to shock and entertain. This year’s offering is no different.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Enter if You Dare! features chapters such as Animal Antics; Extreme Sports; Body Oddity; Bizarre Mysteries; Fantastic Food; and, Amazing Science. I just finished reading the book Twilight, so I was especially interested in this book’s double gatefold that tells all about vampires! Did you know that special anti-vampire kits were actually made and sold in various countries? They’re now extremely valuable collector’s items. Another foldout page has a life-size photo of tiny sixteen-year-old Jyoti Amge, who is just 23.5 inches tall! I was fascinated to read that she loves being small and revels in the attention she receives. Other features in the book include “Ripley’s Revealed,” which provides in-depth information on subjects like sword-swallowing and fire-eating. There are also “Ripley Research” boxes that tell the science behind some of the things you see in the book.

As I write this, one of my six-year-olds is bugging me to look through this book again. It’s definitely a hit with everyone in the family! Go to www.ripleybooks.com to learn more about Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Enter if You Dare!, as well as Ripley’s other books and products.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Enter if You Dare! This brand-new hardcover book has a purple and silver holographic foil cover and is chock-full of beautiful photographs. To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing who will be the lucky recipient of this book! (It’s okay if it’s YOU!) You must do this to enter this giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries by:

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) and Ripley’s (@RipleyWorld) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet this giveaway twice a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (It’s easy to tweet this giveaway by using the buttons at the bottom of this post. 1 entry per tweet.)

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS and/or Kindle (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method. (1 entry for each subscription method for up to 3 entries)

- NEW! Liking Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Liking Ripley’s on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment. (1 entry)

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL. (1 entry for button; 1 entry for text link)

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open only to US residents.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, peg42!



DISCLOSURE: I received one copy of this book to review and pass along in this giveaway. No other compensation was provided.

115 comments:

  1. If I won, I would give this book to my daughter.

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  4. If I won, my 10 year old son would love this book. He's so interested in facts and wierd stuff, that he'd love this book.
    Thanks so much for offering this great prize.
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  8. I would give this to my son. He is really into these kind of books.
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  15. Anonymous10:25 PM

    I'm going to give this book to a young man of 12 yrs. His name is Logan and he is like a grandson to me. In fact, last Christmas I gave him the Ripley's Believe It or Not book and he loved it. He isn't so much on reading, which is just a shame, so I like to find books that will ENTICE his interest...Ripley's did the trick! Rest assured, this book will be read cover to cover by Logan...he LOVES all these odd factoids! <3 mjskylark@hotmail.com

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  16. My youngest daughter, being a student of the unusual, will be the recipient if I win.

    Hope to win!

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  17. This would be a great book for my two teenage daughters. Thanks.
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  20. I would share it with my son. I loved reading ripleys books when I was a kid, so I would have to read this one.
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  27. If I won this book, I would keep it for myself and share it with my grandson when he comes for a visit.

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  39. My daughter would get this if I win!

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  41. If I won, my 9 year old son would get this book!
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  43. This would definitely go to my husband. He's Ripley's fan!
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  46. this book will go to my inquisitive grandaughter Steffi birdson@roadrunner.com

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  49. I want it for myself. I love this kind of stuff.

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  50. It's for me, at first, if I win; then it's for my class to enjoy.

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  55. This would go to my daughter. She loves the Ripley's books.
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  56. It would go to my daughter who loves watching the ripley's reruns
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  61. If I won I would give this to my son - This is definitely the kind of book he likes!!!

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  66. I've always loved Ripley's Believe It Or Not! I would give this book to my boys.

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  69. I would give this to my oldest son. He's only 5, but he's really fascinated by watching Ripley's Believe It or Not videos online!
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  73. My 3 daughters would get the book. I would read it, too, because I love Ripley's!

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  77. My daughter would love this. She is into this all the way!

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  82. I would give this to my grandsons.

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  83. Anonymous4:52 PM

    I will win and then give it to my boys!! We love the show

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  84. My son and daughter already love Guinness book of world records and I know they would love Ripley's Believe it or Not, too! Thanks.

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  94. I think my entire family would enjoy this book.
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  103. I would give this to my 9 year old son. He has a few of the other Ripley's books and just loves them. He and his friends gather and look at them and freak out.So funny to watch!

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