Just try to put Pick Me Up down--we dare you. Like surfing the Web, it's alarmingly easy to lose oneself in this heavy compendium of "stuff you need to know." It's even designed with Internet-savvy readers in mind. Once you get beyond the dizzying lenticular cover, open to any page. After gawking at the many bright, sharp photos, illustrations, charts, and caption sunbursts, dig in to the meat: blocks (and triangles and circles) of text about everything from how to confuse an angry seagull to a history of medicine to Germany's exports and imports to an exploration of the meaning of life. As you read along, you'll come across underlined and bold-faced words with a page number following. These are the cross references that will send you flying from page to page, ever deeper into understanding the topic du jour. In the spread about wheels, for example, there’s a highlighted reference to "Inca, Aztec, and Mayan civilizations 298." Turn to page 298 and start reading about pyramids and lost cities…then get sidetracked by "fight 154." Suddenly you’re into "rappers 306" and "immune system 86." Get the picture?
Students won't necessarily be able to write entire school reports from Pick Me Up, but they will certainly be able to pepper their papers--and conversation--with unusual and useful facts. Kids and grownups alike will happily spend hours browsing Pick Me Up, always finding something new to marvel over. --Emilie Coulter
Teens, parents, teachers, and readers of all ages: It's time for a reference-book revolution! And PICK ME UP is here to do just that-revolutionize the way kids and teens learn about history, science, nature, and culture outside of the classroom. Taking cues from the internet, video games, and television, PICK ME UP appeals to modern kids and teens. The book is organized like a miscellany, inspired by the internet, styled like a video game, and informed by pop culture. It's filled with fun information about history science, nature, geography and culture-everything kids want and need to know.
With a completely fun and modern design, a dizzying lenticular cover (because readers DO choose books by their covers!), and smart, witty writing, PICK ME UP appeals to voracious AND reluctant readers.
"We dare you not to pick up this reference book-gone-pop-art . . . . This TIP pick will turn even internet junkies into captivated readers." --Newsweek ". . . It's like a great Web search: It takes you places you weren't headed, but are glad to have visited." Wired Magazine "The title is an invitation; the challenge will be putting the book down." Publishers Weekly
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