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"I have a loyal group of nonfiction readers (ages 8-10) who come into the library each week in search of The Guinness World Records. If all of the Guinness books are checked out, then they will check out The Scholastic Book of Records or The Dangerous Book for Boys. Now there's a new general knowledge book that will have reluctant readers asking for more....The Worst Case Scenario Survive-O-Pedia would make a popular addition to the 031s (general knowledge). Beware, you'll need to start a waiting list once the kids see it!" The Nonfiction Detectives blog

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David Borgenicht is a writer, editor, publisher, and coauthor of all the books in the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series. He has been known to float on quicksand, overpack while on safari, and employ 'the standard squat.'

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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Worst-Case Scenario: Junior Edition
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187690X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811876902
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Borgenicht is the creator and co-author of the best-selling WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK series. He is also the author of dozens of other books, including THE STAR TREK BOOK OF OPPOSITES and HOW TO CON YOUR KID. He is the president and publisher of Quirk Books (www.quirkbooks.com), Philadelphia-based publishers of entertaining, informative, and amusing fiction and non-fiction.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss Darcy VINE VOICE on October 17, 2011
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I bought this expecting it to be a fun read for a middle school kid who's a reluctant reader. He's actually older than the suggested age range, which is 9-12, but I thought the cool, somewhat scary scenarios would lure him in.

In that respect, I'd give it 5 stars. The layout makes the book very approachable. Some of the pages, such as the spread for "Deserts," contain a numbered list with short entries (easy to read) and a page with single paragraphs with clear headings (also easy to read). The balance of text and illustration is very attractive. It doesn't shout "this is too hard" like some books do.

On the other hand, the subject matter is pretty disjointed, and that's where it loses 2 stars. There are lots of scenarios kids don't really have to think about in real life, such as surviving in the artic or surviving a lion attack, so any scary facts just aren't that troublesome. Those pages are simply fun and interesting to read.

Unfortunately, they've also included problems that children might actually encounter, such as flu pandemics, which would scare the pants off my younger child, even though she'd be able to handle the actual reading level. ("The Hong Kong Flu also killed about one million people...") The book starts off with airplane crashes, and even though they do emphasize that "95 percent of passengers in airplane accidents survive," it's not something I want her to be thinking about when we fly to see Grandma. That means that even though she'd enjoy most of the book, I'm not comfortable letting her read it.

To give the authors credit, they give a nice lesson on hand-washing in the flu section, and who knows, maybe the plane crash info. will save someone's life some day, but the blend of real-life issues and out-there adventure just did not sit well with me. They should have stuck with the lions and sharks!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quality Man VINE VOICE on August 14, 2011
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I had high hopes for this book given that I like to teach survivalism to children when I take them camping. Sadly, there are a few problems I must mention.

Rarely in nature do people die from great white shark attacks, gorilla attacks, asteroids, etc. Kids though enjoy reading about this stuff, so I won't fault the authors for including this 'fun' stuff and propagating the Hollywood "Jaws" mentality. However this book puts too much emphasis on those kind of rarities w/o properly explaining how rare these events are. The book also covers this information in a sensational manner and often dumbs down some topics too much. For example, in the section on volcanoes, one of the gem tips is "If red-hot lava is headed your way, try to move out of its path as quickly as possible." A 9 year-old doesn't know this? Yet nothing mentioned on how to recognize the warning signs that a volcano may be erupting soon so everyone can get out of there before trouble arrives.

Thankfully the book does cover some items children may encounter such as poisonous plants in the forest, lightning, jellyfish, etc. The advice isn't always top notch and you get the sense that the authors aren't experienced well in these areas. Example: experts have always said for lightning, squat down tucking your head to your knees but this book says to get on all fours. I'll trust the experts.

More complaints: the book neglects to cover common items that are more likely to kill people such as drowning, dehydration, hyper/hypothermia, etc. I'd rather a 9-13 year old know about how to recognize if someone is drowning than how to fight off a lion. When someone is drowning, it is not always obvious as drowning is often silent unlike how the movies shows it to be noisy and arms flailing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elisa VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
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I ordered this book thinking it might contain some useful info presented in a way that was hopefully light-hearted enough not to be scary. Is that too much to ask of children's books? That they be informative without being too scary?
This book is certainly informative, but the only hint that it's geared towards kids are the simple language and the comic book drawings used to illustrate the various points. The content, however, is enough to give any adult nightmares, let alone a child.
I will keep the book, because some of the info might come in handy, but I doubt any of us will e reading it cover-to-cover in one sitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By live aloha on January 6, 2012
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This book is very well written for children. It's obviously not meant to be a survival guide but it perfect for the audience it is intended for...children! We have hundreds of books at our home for our children but this is by far their favorite book. The pages draw interest with a combination of photos and fun illustrations. Excellent book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Armitage VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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I was a little disappointed. I thought my son would really enjoy this book, but it is a bit dry. And many of the experiences have the same instructions- and fairly common sense stuff. It does have some interesting info, and it's got great pictures, but it's not quite as engaging as I had hoped.
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My kids are already huge fans of "Worst Case Scenario: Everest", so they were excited when this book came in the mail. Just opening the box, I noticed that the book gets high marks for production quality. It is larger than the other survival books, with a beautiful shiny gold cover depicting a shark with its jaws open wide. You can't tell from the photo here on Amazon, but the cover is really cool looking. Any kid who gets this as a present will be delighted when he opens the wrapping paper. It begs to be opened and read.

Inside are quality, colorful pages filled with informative text, cool images, and various diagrams explaining how to survive various "worst case senarios". Some parents with more sheltered kids may not like some of the more fanciful senarios, like a meteor impact with earth. Many stories have limited applicability--most kids won't go scuba diving with just the advice in this book. My children won't accidentally find themselves in Antarctica, on a tropical island, in a desert, running with the bulls, ice climbing,or bungee jumping. But the far fetched stories were fun to read, and my kids love learning new things about nature and science. The book is not really intended to be a true survival guide, and for fun reading, it definitely qualifies.

But I truly believe that beyond the fanciful chapters, this book can save your kid's life.

Seriously--how can this book save your kids life? Amidst the less likely senarios are some that are quite more common. Ever get your car stuck in a blizzard? Well meaning parents have killed their entire families through carbon monoxide poisoning.... the book tells kids to inform their parents to run the car engine 10 minutes on 50 minutes off when in a blizzard.
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