Release Date: 15/08/11
This encyclopedia is a guide to curious phenomena, strange superstitions and ancient mysteries. Within its pages there are ghosts of sea and land, disappearances and lost empires, water monsters and King Arthur, UFOs and superstitions, fireballs, frog showers, crop circles and missing treasure. As the introduction says: The world is such an extraordinary and complicated place that it's very unlikely we will ever solve every puzzle, break every code and understand every awesome phenomena. But we can - and will - go on trying, and any one of us may discover the key to something that has been lost, or hidden, or misunderstood for thousands of years.
In a world where we like everything to be explained in simplistic scientific terms there are times when even the current development of the world is confounded and as such it’s a wonderful chance for the reader to learn that magic can and does exist in certain areas.
As such this compendium of the weird, unusual as well as unexplained by Judy Allen comes into its own with its wonderful illustrations, great threads and of course all written in an easy to comprehend language that doesn’t talk down to the reader. It’s concise; it has great themes and overall made this a wonderful read for an adult.
Add to this a wide range of subjects from numbers to Stonehenge, from Pyramids to Levitation (each subject covered by a double page spread) and it was a book that was a lot of fun. All in I was very happy with this title and when new facts are presented to things you’ve never heard before, the trivia aspect is also a sheer delight (such as finding out about the origin of Foo Fighters.) Great fun for all.