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Do Not Open Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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Do Not Open is lavishly illustrated, well thought out and lots of fun. (Times Educational Supplement)
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1) The (true) subject matter is fun: unsolved mysteries, vanished heirs, lost tribes, ancient civilizations, hidden messages, buried treasure. The list goes on.
2) It's interactive: at the bottom of a page, similar topics and page numbers are suggested. The fun way to navigate is by following your interests. Some pages have hidden flaps and optical puzzles; later in the book there's a magic eye picture to decode.
3) It presents incomplete, controversial theories and you have to make your own guesses based on the evidence presented. If something seems really wrong or unusual, it's inspiring to do further research on your own to learn more. This journey of discovery is perfect for the 9-12 target range, but it works for me, and I'm an adult.
If everyone rated every book they haven't read on their personal bookshelves at three stars, imagine all the popular novels and classics that would dip for absolutely no reason. It's like marking down the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because the cover art clashes with the carpeting. Do Not Open has been reviewed in Boing Boing and at Lastbroadcast, and it deserves all the good things being said about it. It's definitely a kid's book, but I've learned a lot, and it presents difficult subjects (like Fibonacci's Number and the Golden Ratio) in a way that's easy for everyone to understand. Ten stars, two thumbs up, and 100% freshness.
At the time of writing I have owned this book for 2 weeks and have yet to open it. Thankfully, the hardback cover means I can prop it against a nearby windowledge or mantlepiece which means I don't have to constantly hold the book as I read it. Perhaps a bit of an involved read for those who have a full-time job, if you have regular time to devote yourself to reading then it's an indisputably great purchase.
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