Frozen frogs falling from the sky, the Jersey Devil, lost cities, giant birds carrying off children. They might sound as if they're all out of some B movie. Instead, these are all entries in the Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible, and the Ignored by Juanita Rose Violini.
Violini presents daily stories of the unusual, from Roswell to fireballs. Each short entry ends with a quotation, a secret power, and "To optimize." The entries are interesting, but become repetitious. There are lightning episodes scattered throughout the year, listed for the day or month they occurred. Sometimes it's a stretch to make the connection between the daily entry and the quotation. William James comments, "To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions." I'm not sure how that relates to "Illogical Lightning," except that it's flamboyant. And, the "Secret Power" and "To optimize" leave me bewildered. For that same entry of Illogical Lightning, the "Secret Power" says, " Today's power is the ability to change circumstances in a flash." The "To Optimize" for that day says, "Do what you are afraid to do." I'm afraid, I just don't get those.
My recommendation for this book would actually be as a gift for teens who enjoy the weird and the unexplained. They would gloss over the summary parts that seem disconnected, and would appreciate the Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible and the Ignored.
Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible and the Ignored by Jaunita Rose Violini. Weiser Books, ©2009. ISBN 9781578634477 (paperback), 304p.