Have you ever had a Christmas list so long you felt it might have a place on the Guinness Book of World Records? Well, you would be wrong, because National Geographic Kids newest picture book, Weird But True! Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays, claims that the world’s longest Christmas list stretched over 13,000 feet and took one hour and forty minutes to be unrolled!
Weird and amazing facts just like this are sprinkled throughout Weird But True! Christmas. For example, did you know that the berries of some mistletoe plants EXPLODE? Did you know every snowflake has six sides? And did you know mystery elves have been spotted passing out $100 bills to strangers in Detroit, MI? It’s all true; weird, but absolutely true!
Did you know you can buy “pickle-gravy and bacon-flavored candy canes if you want? It’s true…though, who would want to, lol. Did you know Theodore Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House, a 170-year-old Christmas card sold for almost $30,000, and Americans spend more than $2 billion a year on wrapping paper? Did you know that the world’s largest gingerbread house was two stories high and was made with 7,200 eggs, 3,000 pounds of sugar, 1,800 pounds of butter and 22,000 pieces of candy? What a sugar rush!
Weird But True! Christmas is a unique and delightful little Christmas conversation piece that should keep your family and holiday visitors laughing all season long. The book covers a broad range of subjects, from blue snow to early sleds used by Vikings, to the fact that people in the United Kingdom “bake coins, buttons, thimbles or wishbones” into their Christmas desserts.
The prose is brief enough to promote the book’s fast pace; and just factual enough to satisfy inquiring minds and inspire readers to keep turning those pages to the end. The images are a clever mixture of real-life photographs and charming illustrations, and in true Nat Geo style, every one is popping with vibrant, in-your-face color.
Use this adorable little book for supplemental reading, for lighthearted laughter when you’re passing time in the classroom before the “school’s-out-for-the-holiday” bell, or as a permanent part of your child’s library. You can also leave it on your coffee table for holiday discussions in front of the family fireplace.