Reader’s Journal # 21
Dear Mrs. Zrihen, 01/24/12
I just finished reading the book Ripley’s Believe It Or Not of 2010 by scholastic. I found some disgusting pictures, cool pictures, exaggerated things and weird information. For example, I saw a guy that was named Walter Hudson. He weighed over 1,400 pounds before he died in 1991. In a day he would eat two packs of sausages, a pound of bacon, 12 eggs, and one loaf of bread, four hamburgers, four cheeseburgers, eight portions of French fries, three ham steaks, two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, and four heads of broccoli. I thought the picture of this was disgusting and the information was exaggerated. This book is about rare things that you can’t believe.
The genre of this book is nonfiction and the subgenre of this book is informational. I really don’t know a good topic for this so in my opinion I think a good topic for this article would be weird!!! The main idea of this book is some awkward things happen to people, people do the retardiest things, and some people are born differently. Three supporting details are a guy plunged 127 feet off the Salto Belo in Brazil head first. Also a kid was born extraordinarily flexible because he can do a spilt on roller skates, and hold his feet. He looks like a spider with four legs and the highest part of his body from the ground is his head which reaches up to 13 inches high!!! That’s just gross and cool!!! And last the one that is unbelievable… is… the biggest baby ever! The baby was born in 1936 and weighed 92 POUNDS at SIX MONTHS!!! That’s the same as an average-sized 11-year-old!!! I think the essential message of this book is everyone is different and don’t judge people. An example of cause and effect is people bumped into Sara Watson’s car because she spray-painted her car so it merges perfectly with the surroundings. An example of compare and contrast is an old woman’s unicorn on page 46 and a Chinese man’s horn on page 67. They are the same because they are both something extra they have on their heads and they both presented it to their king. But they are different because the old woman’s horn is 12 inches long and the guy’s is smaller. But the one thing they have in common the most is that they are both GROSS!!! The guy’s is worst that I wanted to vomit because it was full of bacteria; it was green, yellow brown and other things!!! Some text features I found were photographs, pictures, captions, headings, index, and table of contents. The photographs and pictures gave me a clue of what the caption said looked like. The captions explained the picture. The heading was like the topic of that section. The index told me where everything was and the table of contents told me what page each chapter started on and the title of the chapter. The pattern of organization of this book is facts. The author’s purpose for writing this book is to inform us bout weird things. The author is subjective because he doesn’t show his opinions and the author is unbiased. The author’s point of view of this book is third person objective because the narrator can only tell what is said and done and cannot see into the minds of any of the characters. In this book I did not find any figurative language because this book just stated facts. This book relates to me because my nail brakes easily for no reason. This book relates to the book Ripley’s Believe It Or Not of 2010 because it has weird things and all that. This book relates to the world because everything in the book is real.
I would rate this book a ten out of ten because I really enjoyed reading this book and it was different from any other book.
Two strategies I used before reading were skim and scan and while I skimmed and scanned, I saw were photographs, pictures, captions, headings, index, cover page, title page, publication page, title, and the table of contents. I also asked myself what weird stuff is going to be in this book. Two strategies I used while reading were rereading funny parts and looking at the pictures/photographs. Two strategies I used after reading were writing a readers journal on what I read to show that I understood what I was reading and told my friends about the picture/photograph and captions I couldn’t forget which made it easier for me to write my reader’s journal because I didn’t have to look back in the book so much.