Saturday, June 12, 2021

Review: Odd Sports R Amazing! by Markus Baker and Adam Galvin

I loved non-fiction books as a kid, especially those which fell a little bit out of the box. Today's review is exactly that type of book. I found the cover already interesting and was excited to dive into this one. It's not for the youngest readers but works well for the middle grade audience...or those who are simply fun fact fans.

Ready for a visit to odd things around the world? 

by Markus Baker and Adam Galvin
R and Q
Middle Grade Non-Fiction
22 pages
ages 8 to 12

Odd Sports R Amazing! shares how some of the most unusual activities ever.

We couldn't fit every amazing odd sport into this little book and neither do we believe that our list can please everybody. So let us know what you think should or shouldn't be on the Odd Sports R Amazing! list by visiting

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Bright photos accompany the weirdest types of sports across the planet to educate, entertain, and simply have some fun.

Starting with an interesting quote, this book introduce, explains and gives the background to several odd types of sports from different places around the world. Each sport's title is given and then followed with one page of information—what it is, how it originated, and other fun facts surrounding it. On the page across from this information is an entertaining, full-colored illustration. There is also a QRcode for every sport, where the reader can go to learn more. Each description is followed by a quote either from the sport's organization or someone important from the sport. If this isn't enough, every now and then, a fun fact sport is quickly dropped in along with another, inspiring quote. 

The text is easy to understand and fun to read. Middle graders will especially fit well with this one and are sure to find some amazing things, they never dreamed would ever be considered a sport. I definitely learned quite a bit and found it enjoyable to see what odd sport would come next. Readers might even be inspired to try a few themselves.

This is one of those fun, non-fiction books which packs facts and humor close together. It's a fun way to learn new things and a few are sure to stay with the reader for many years to come.

And here he is...

In 2015, having sold everything I owned, the car, the house and all my belongings. I decided to quit my job and travel the world.

With a degree in visual communication and having designed for the film industry and then a tech startup, I was ready to design and create for a different reason. As I circumnavigated the globe I wanted to design for myself with no consideration of clients, money or conformity. The plan was to develop ideas that sparked my creativity and made my heart sing.

So, this is what I did. I travelled through Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Canada, India, UAE, USA, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

The creative outcomes of these experiences, which include staying in a Buddhist temple and with a Taoist master in the hills of South Korea were the books that you see on R&Q. 

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