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Product Details

  • Series: Guinness World Records
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Guinness; Edition Unstated edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904994121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904994121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Far more fun than the small paperback Guinness Books of the 1970s.
Amazon Customer
I also think that the contents reflect the downward spiral in our culture and therefore, would not recommend it for adults either.
S. Zupan
We purchases this for our 11 year old, who read the 2006 book cover to cover.
Three boy mom

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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By M. Bell on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
No longer intended to be a comprehensive reference, the Guinness Book is now a sort of compilation of interesting superlatives with oversized pictures and many features that aren't even actual records ("Most Overrated Celebrity"). If you're going to do this, why not offer one edition that plays it by the book?

So dies a noble institution.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mitton on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book has changed a lot since I was a kid paging through a two hundred page black-and-white paperback. This hardbound edition beats all the almanacs and bathroom readers for fun and information. The book is filled with mostly color photos and, obviously, tons of weird bests and greatests like "The World's Oldest Piece of Cake." (4,200 years old!) The oversized edition allows for bigger pictures and includes color fold-outs and tear-out trading cards. The series has moved from a compendium of facts to a more Ripleys like shocker but it's still great fun for a rainy day.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LibraryLady2 on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm giving this book four out of five stars because the vast majority of the material is interesting, not the least offensive, and gets kids to read. The one picture of Janet and Justin shows less skin than many pictures of the athletes. Yes, it was a poor choice in topic by Guinness and they need to be made aware they are pandering to the lowest common denominator there (and we don't appreciate it), BUT overall, the book simply acknowledges the huge variety of life to be found on this planet. I do agree a better title would be something like Guinness Guide to the Weird and Extreme.

As a school librarian who sees kids in grades 7-12, I am more than happy to continue to provide Guinness World Record books to students. They really DO get kids reading when they otherwise simply check out and return a book just to keep a teacher from nagging at them. If parents and/or students find something offensive, they can simply return the book to the library, mention their concerns (and possibly remove similar titles from their OWN child's list of allowed books) and get something else. One little group of parents do NOT have the right to tell all other parents/grandparents/guardians what their kids can or cannot read, and there is NO doubt in my mind whatsoever that the overwhelming majority of parents will not find this book objectionable. Certainly, there are many examples here of people who would obviously benefit from mental help, but these are stories about things and people who are different in form and thought, not morally warped. The people that truly scare me are the ones who think kids need to be stuck in boxes and totally isolated from anyone who doesn't think like their parents do.
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37 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My kids love the World record books but this one is suitable only for older kids. C'mon folks, leave out the racey photos. A little common sense would have gone a long way here. The cover is way cool, though.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. Zupan on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We were led to believe that this book was geared for children because of the trading cards included. However, the subject matter is crude and offensive on many pages. I would definitely not recommend this book for children. I also think that the contents reflect the downward spiral in our culture and therefore, would not recommend it for adults either.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mdchachi on December 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just picked up this book for my 12-year-old nephew and was surprised by all the negative reviews. The book has become more of a picturebook containing highlights of interesting records with little resemblance to the thick paperback Guinness World Record books I used to page through 25 years ago. It took me a while to find the offensive Janet Jackson/Timberlake photo that somebody mentioned. I was hoping to find some bare skin but alas none was to be seen. Anybody who is offended by that inclusion in the book needs to join an Amish community. Ridiculous. As far as the other "graphic" photos go, I couldn't find anything disturbing. Just life -- weird and strange as it can be -- in this day and age. If the book encourages a child to read, it's well worth it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Overall, this work is perfect for the student in your house. It has a

plethora of subjects ranging from pop culture to the most discriminating

scientific facts imaginable. Here are some of the more notable frames:

- a flexman with almost perfect flexibility of the upper back and torso

- Jeanne Calment born 2-21-1875 and lived to 8-4-1997

- Iszumi, the oldest man living to age 120 and born in 1865

- the life expectancy of Andorra at 83+ years

- the Orion Nebula which is the brightest in the sky

- the stretchiest skin on any living human being

- the Grand Canyon extending from the Marble Gorge to the Grand Wash Cliffs

- Mt. Nyiragongo in Congo with an active lava lake

- the Green Great Wall which is a 2783 mile belt of forest preserve

due to be completed by mid-century

- the deepest cave Krubera

- 136 degrees which is the highest temperature ever recorded

The work represents a fair cross-section of the world's most little

known facts and/or trendy trivia. Some reviewers were offended by a few

pop culture references. The presentation should reflect contemporary society comprehensively. Overall, the acquisition is a good value for

the price charged. As an experienced lecturer at the collegiate level,

I don't think parents can insulate young adults from the forces which shape the world around them.
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