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Volume VII Number 15 . . . . March 30, 2001
Summer Never CamePat Hancock's compilation of Crazy Canadian Trivia is just that. Its 124 pages are jam-packed with some of the strangest, wackiest and littlest-known facts around about our country. Included are anecdotes as eclectic as where in Canada you'll find Mosquito Appreciation Day (Rimbey, Alberta) to the day Niagara Falls stopped falling to present day bathtub races in Nanaimo, BC.
Frequent "Did you know" sections ask readers such things as, did you know that:
In a country so often inundated with information about its southern neighbour, this book is refreshing. It's nice to see a fun and informative look at all the things that make Canada unique, if just a little bit weird. How, when I lived in Kingston, Ontario for 10 years, did I miss picking up a "cup of poop" at the Manurefest in nearby Desmond?
Hancock provides a good balance of historical and topical facts, including historical events, today's sports heroes and Canadian firsts, as well as day to day news stories as up-to-the-minute as the Ice Storm of 1998. Her tone is jocular, and the black and white cartoons suitably irreverent for the light-heartedness of the text.
Liz Greenaway is a former bookseller living in Edmonton, AB.
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