Trip Planning Starts Here! 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions

Bookends125 Wacky Roadside AttractionsLynn: Those summer family trips are just around the corner, and parents everywhere are thinking destinations, maps, and family fun. Want to make that family car trip special? Bookends is here to help.

Make sure you find National Geographic’s helpful (and hilarious) 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions. Even if you don’t stop at these crazy spots, you’ll have carloads of fun reading about them! And how could you NOT want to visit the Giant Eyeball Sculpture in Dallas or the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville, MA? I, for one, will not rest till I get to visit the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scotsboro, AL! (Just so you know, I have already visited the Fremont Troll in Seattle.) This wacky book offers a lot of fun and gives you the ability to locate attractions by category and by location.

Cindy: What does it say about me that my family vacation photos include many of the same sites as those included in this book? I’ve traveled Route 66 a few times myself and loved climbing in the Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma. One of my daughters’ favorite kitsch places was The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula among other crazy attractions. Last month, while proctoring standardized testing sessions, I took this book with me for students to browse, and they passed it around with much enthusiasm. They were amazed by Carhenge in Alliance, NE, the Upside Down House in the Polish town of Szymbark, and the Chandelier drive-thru tree in Leggett, CA. They were just as disgusted as I was by the Pike Place Market Gum Wall in Seattle, WA. I had hoped to post a photo of me in front of the blue whale on Route 66, but an untimely laptop crash got in the way. I’m ready to leave my computer troubles behind and hit the road with this book and take some more pictures. Happy travels and happy reading this summer!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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