Book review: Best & Buzzworthy 2017: world records, trending topics, and viral moments, by Cynthia O’Brien, Michael Bright, and Donald Sommerville

O’Brien, Cynthia; Bright, Michael, and Sommerville, Donald. Best & Buzzworthy 2017: World Records, Trending Topics, and Viral Moments. Scholastic Inc., 2016. $12.99. ISBN 9781338039122. 319 pages. Includes index. Ages 8 -12 years. P9 Q9

This the 2017 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records has nine chapters, each featuring a different topic. The topics are music makers, screen and stage, on the move, super structures, high tech, amazing animals, incredible earth, states stats, and sports stars. I learned that Connecticut is the only state to manufacture Pez candy and there is a hotel in Bolivia made entirely out of salt. The chapters are short and have action packed photos.

Verdict: This book covers many topics, which makes it great for readers of all interests. The index is easy to use. I like the photos that accompany the text. As I read the almanac, I felt like I was traveling to different places. Since each page is independent of the other, it is ideal for readers with short attention spans, or readers who don’t have time to read a whole book. This book might intrigue a teenager who may not already be a reader to read more. The almanac stimulates learning. I recommend the almanac for middle school and high school libraries.

December 2016 review by Tami Harris.

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