Combine a trivia game and an informational book, and you’ve got Fact or Fib?: A Challenging Game of True or False. Along with its companion, Fact or Fib? 2, these kid-friendly books provide a fun and educational reading experience for all ages. Their small size (about 5″x7″) make them perfect for popping into a purse or backpack as a time-killer when out and about!
On each two-page spread, three statements are given about a variety of topics including animals, dinosaurs, bugs, technology, and many more. Two of the statements are absolutely true, while one is a big old lie. With the next page turn, the facts are revealed and the fib is unveiled, along with a little extra context information about each of the statements. While these are recommended for about age eight and up, don’t think that adults will automatically get everything correct. I’ve found myself confident about some “facts” only to find that something I had always thought was true was actually completely wrong! (Chameleons actually change colors based on their mood, temperature, and health, NOT the objects around them. Who knew? Not me!)
So far, we’ve read through most of the first in this series, and I think my 8-year-old daughter may have snuck a peek at the second. While waiting for our order at a restaurant and in the lulls at a minor league baseball game, I’ve played ‘game master’ and read aloud from the pages, keeping everyone in our group engaged, and even getting the attention of others around us. I’m thinking that these will find a place in our pool bag this summer for those pesky 15 minute breaks each hour! Totally fun to read, and everyone learns a little something, too.