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Review: New Nat Geo Kids books

“The Ultimate Weird But True 2” ($19.95)

“The Ultimate Weird But True 2” ($19.95) (Credit: Handout)

Did you know that a pig was once tried for murder? Or that one man’s head is so strong that he can use it to balance a 363-pound quad bike? Or that Norway recognizes the videogame Dance Dance Revolution as an official sport?

Neither did I, nor my son, until some new releases from National Geographic Kids arrived on my desk.

We couldn’t put down the four colorful books, all aimed at children 8 to 12. “The Ultimate Weird But True 2” ($19.95), a hardcover, regaled my 9-year-old with hard-to-swallow stories, like that the world’s largest hamburger costs $295. “Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts From History” ($7.95) made him giggle — well, at least the story about how President Andrew Jackson’s pet parrot swore so much at his owner’s funeral that he had to be removed.

“Quiz Wiz 2: 1,000 Super Fun, Mind-Bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions” ($9.99) and “That’s Creepy: Spine-Tingling Facts That Will Test Your Creep-Out Factor” ($12.95) entertained and informed, too, even if the average size of a clown’s feet (26EEEE) may not be something my child will be tested for in school.

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