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January is a great time to look back at last year's events.  Scholastic always publishes some of the best kinds of event books that capitalize on this subject. Here are four of their best "list" books on this subject: "Sports Illustrated for Kids Year In Sports 2004" is the perfect book for sports nuts. It has all of the major statistics and trivia about the major sports which include basketball, football, baseball, golf and tennis. It also includes extreme sports such as snowboarding and in-line skating, as well as favorite Olympic sports such as gymnastics and skiing.  There are wonderful color action photos located in the middle of the book that display skills of some of the best athletes in the world.  The layout is easy to read and packed with statistics and interesting information about each team and sport. This outstanding almanac will entice both young and old sports enthusiasts.

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Do you know who the world's top-earning male tennis player is?  How about the top-earning female tennis player?  How about the quarterback with the most passing yards?  Or the player with the most single-season touchdowns? How about the amusement park with the most rides?  Or the country with the most telephones?  I could go on and on, but you need only to find the answers in Scholastic's new "Book of World Records 2004".  This beautifully packaged book is packed from cover to cover with bright pictures and graphics covering topics from computers to food. This book has become a standard in our family every year. Each year, when the new edition comes out, we all have a lot of fun asking and answering questions from this fact filled book.   If I had to pick one book to take while traveling in a car with family or friends, this would be the one. You'll be amazed at some of the information found in this factual book. Every subject is color-coded making it accessible to all ages. Oh, and the answers to the questions? I could tell you to just buy the book, but I won't make you wait. The world's top-earning male and female tennis players are Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf, respectively. The football answers are Dan Marino and Marshall Faulk, respectively.  Cedar Point, in Ohio, has the most amusement park rides and Sweden has the most telephones.  Did you get all of the answers correct? Even if you didn't, you'll find yourself amazed at all of the facts packed into this amazing book. And you won't fail to miss it as the cover has a brilliant silver cellophane appearance to it. This is a must for all to enjoy, especially on trips!

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Now how about a book that lists amazing facts you may not know or even be aware of.  Scholastic's "Book of Lists", by Buckley and Stremme, has more interesting information inside it's covers than you can possibly imagine. For instance, there's a page about kid inventors listing the name, age and what he or she invented.  For instance, the Popsicle was invented by an eleven year old.  Earmuffs were invented by a fifteen year old. And a kindergartener invented the "Kiddie Stool" because she could not reach the sink. There's a list of the top ten movies that made the most money ever with "Titanic" at the top and "The Lion King" at number 10. There's even a listing of all the countries in the world and the language they speak. This is a fun and very informative book that is kid friendly, easy to read and great for all ages.

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"Ripley's Believe it or Not!  Special Edition 2004" is the last of these almanacs and it lives up to its title.  There are pictures and information about some of the strangest facts ever recorded.  For instance, a thirteen year old went to the doctor because his foot was hurting. It turned out that a tooth was growing in the bottom of his instep. Believe it or not! The pictures, photos and graphics throughout the book make this a fun and entertaining read for all ages. The clever cover has a hologram appearance that will instantly get your attention. So, enjoy all four books and be a little more knowledgeable...even if much of it is trivia.