WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Real or Fake? by Emily Krieger


Can you tell the truth from a tall tale?  Spot a phony Photo a mile away? Figure out a fib in five seconds flat? Then Real or Fake? is the book for you!  Put your amateur detective skills to work in this fun and wacky book and see if the truth triumphs as you encounter suspicious stories, fishy facts, lying lists, and more. You'll even play interactive games that will leave you second-guessing everything you've ever read.  Complete with awesome photos and hilarious collage art, this is one book that you have to read to believe...or disbelieve.


I thoroughly enjoyed this interactive book from National Geographic Kids.  The book consists of a selection that covers a four page spread.  The first two pages introduce the story then leaving the reader to figure out if the story is real or fake.  The second two pages explain the truth about the story.  Additional sections of the book include photographs that may or may not have been manipulated.  Also a section about identifying lies, headlines, or place names adds fun to the book.  Children who are fascinated about the world around them are bound to have a great time reading this book, I certainly did.  The illustrations are collages that combine elements of several pictures matching the strangeness of some of these stories.  I found the one about Hello, Kitty particularly baffling, and no I'm not going to tell you, you'll have to read the book for yourself ;). Some of the answers are obvious but others are just believable enough to be tricky.  A whole lotta fun for young and old alike.


  1. This would be an interesting book to pair with The Fairy Ring, by Mary Losure. It's a narrative account of the two girls who, one hundred years ago, fooled many adults, including Arthur Conan Doyle, with their mocked= up photos of fairies.


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