Join the RBIa group of teen agents with special giftson a series of action packed adventures as they travel the world The Florida swamplands are home to hungry gators, wild electrical storms, and a most unusual creature Sightings of a strange lizard like animal reach Ripley High and the RBI are sent to investigate During their search, the RBI agents find themselves in the middle of a high speed airboat chase, a swarm of rats, a mysterious treasure hunt, and DUL agents in disguise But then thats nothing unusual when youre a member of the RBI...
|Title||:||Ripley's RBI 01: Scaly Tale|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Ripley Publishing 6 Dezember 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||174 Pages|
|File Size||:||675 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Ripley's RBI 01: Scaly Tale Reviews
Mein Enkel hat sich riesig gefreut über das Geschenk. Es ist sehr Lehreich und super Aufmachung gerade richtig für 4 Jährige
In the Simpsons episode Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie, Poochie was designed by a committee to try to pander to every possible demographic. It was so false that people hated Poochie, so he was dropped.When I was an easily distracted boy with dyslexia, I loved-loved-loved the Ripley's Believe It or Not books. They came out as paperbacks, and every single page was packed with odd images and lots of fascinating facts. Great books.RBI also has pictures, and a scattering of facts, but this is a committee-designed thing. Each fact is now without pictures, and appears on a cell phone background that fills an entire page. These are scattered throughout the book, interrupting and not helping the flow of the story.The story itself -- sigh. The suggests introducing the protagonist as early as possible. This book has 7 protagonists. Pages and pages of gallery-style introductions start off the book. Every page oozes "we need more branding!". And every few pages, here's another cell-phone fact.I've been a fan of Ripley's books for 40 years. This RBI book bears zero resemblance to the fantastic books and columns of yesteryear. This is a brand that has lost its soul.What they could have done:1. Ripley-style pages, packed with facts, at the start of each chapter. Ditch the cell phone motif.2. Focus on one character, bring them in. Introduce other characters only as necessary.3. Less branding. A lot less branding.4. Let the story progress without all the distractions and interruptions.I hope they will return to the style of Robert Ripley. He was a genius in many ways, and I hate seeing this committee-thing mangling his work.
This is the first in the Ripley Bureau of Investigation series, also known as RBI: Fact or Fiction?. The RBI team is made up of a group of teenagers with a wide range of abilities and talents that are quite extraordinary. They are members of the elite and top secret RBI team at their school, Ripley High School, which is located in the home of Robert Ripley (creator of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) on an island off of the East Coast.The RBI team operates in similar fashion to that of the pals of Scooby Doo, except there’s no dog and only a few investigators are sent on each mission. The selection process for each mission is grounded in the student’s talents and abilities. Those who have the best to offer for each mission are the ones who are sent. Their objective for each mission is to investigate, gather information and determine if it is fact or fiction.In this first installment, the investigators are sent to the swamplands of Florida to uncover the mystery surrounding the strange reports of a lizard-like man. Jack, Zia and Kobe are all assigned to comb the Everglades for another sighting of the larger-than-life lizard.Jack is a 14 year-old from Australia. He grew up on an animal park and has an uncanny bond with animals. He can “talk” with any creature.Zia is a 13 year-old girl who was the only survivor of a tropical storm that destroyed her village. She was a baby then, and as a result of the storm she now has a white streak of hair among her dark locks. She doesn’t fully understand her abilities, but she can predict (and sometimes control) the weather, as well as having magnetic and electrical powers.Kobe is a 15 year-old boy who is the product of two African tribes. He has excellent tracking abilities and is an expert on native cultures around the world. His most illustrious talent, though, is his telepathic abilities: he can tell the entire history of a person or object simply by touching it!Before setting out, the gang is briefed on some high-tech and clever devices designed by their own teacher, Dr. Maxwell, who is the only faculty member who is privy to RBI. Along the way, they run into some devious and dangerous DUL agents who pursue them on airboats through the swampland. The RBI agents get bombarded by a swarm of rats, run into a treasure hunt and at last discover the lizard man.The book includes a breakdown of all the characters in the book, along with their skills and special notes. There is a map of Ripley High School and other cool graphics relating to the investigation throughout the book. The author has set up the book in such a way that it could easily be transitioned into a TV show, with much of the technology-based devices and messages at the ready.The dialogue and action are what make this book! I love the team of agents sent on this mission, and how they all work together to support one another. They are fully involved in solving the mission they have been sent on. This is a great example of teamwork and covers some history, culture and geography related to the region.
Hidden away on a small island off the East Coast of the United States is a unique school for children who possess a variety of extraordinary talents - that school's name is Ripley High. Located in the former home of Robert Ripley - creator of world-famous 'Ripley's Believe it or Not!' franchise - the school takes in students who all share a secret. Although they may look like ordinary kids, these students all possess extraordinary talents or amazing skills: the ability to conduct electricity, or superhuman strength, or control over the weather - these are just a few of the talents that the Ripley High School students possess.The Florida swamplands are home to all manner of strange phenomena - hungry alligators, wild electrical storms, and recently, sightings of a most unusual creature. Eye-witness accounts of a weird lizard-like animal have spread all throughout Florida and have finally reached the hallowed halls of Ripley High. The top secret agency known as 'Ripley's Bureau of Investigation' - or the RBI - sends their expert team of investigators to Florida to see what they can discover.The RBI accepts only the best and brightest students from among Ripley High's already unique student body and asks them to join this elite agency. Seven teenage agents have proven that they have the best qualifications for membership. Under the guise of being members of a school museum club, these teenagers investigate seemingly unbelievable or outrageous claims in order to discover each case's validity. During their search of the Florida Everglades, these RBI agents will find themselves in the middle of a high-speed airboat chase, a swarm of rats, a mysterious treasure hunt, and facing off against undercover agents from the 'Department of Unbelievable Lies' - or the DUL. Believe it or Not! - this is just a typical day for the members of the RBI!I must say that when Mareena gave this book to me as her 'just because' gift for November, neither of us were really expecting the book that I received. I usually love reading children's books, especially any type of 'fun facts' children's books. This is that type of book, although it does have a good dose of science fiction running through the storyline as well.To be perfectly honest, I don't usually read anything remotely related to the science fiction genre, but I think that children would certainly enjoy reading this particular book. I appreciated that the trivia and fun facts were interspersed throughout the story, and can certainly see children enjoying the main adventurous plot. I give this book an A!Full Disclosure: 'A Scaly Tale' by Kay Wilkins read and reviewed by Mary McGirr, an avid reader and book reviewer from Albany, New York. Many thanks to the book swapping website 'Bookmooch' as I received a copy of this book for free from them. Although, my daughter also downloaded a copy of this book for me from 'Amazon' in September of 2014.