Did you know that a moth has no stomach? Or that only female ducks quack? It’s a fact that only two out of every three people can snap their fingers; and that an apple, potato and onion all taste the same if you eat them with a peg on your nose.

If you didn’t know these fascinating bits of trivia then you haven’t heard about Wacky ... but true, the fun, general knowledge magazine for children published in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

Barbara Fisher says,
“Not long ago I found Wacky ... but true, and instantly knew I had found a gem. The name itself is enough to make kids want to delve into it – after all they love to read about the wacky side of life and this is one magazine that makes them WANT to read. Each factual story or article is short and compact and just the right length for reluctant readers to tackle. Paragraphs are separated by colour or style to break the stories up into manageable sections on each page. The magazine has 68 pages of full colour fun, with a glossy cover and attractive illustrations or photographs throughout. It is aimed at 8 to 14 year olds, but children as young as 6 years old have been known to enjoy reading it.”

The magazine is edited and published by Dawn Rasmussen. She says she loves doing the writing and research and feels the magazine is filling a gap in providing children with reading material that increases their general knowledge in a fun way. The magazine includes articles from history and nature, stories about people who are great examples for kids today, and wacky facts from everywhere.

Dawn encourages readers to submit their work, either on the letters page or as a competition.

The magazine has been very popular with homeschooling groups and those school librarians who are keen to provide the children with a magazine that upholds great ethics and values.

Sally Knoechel, a homeschooling mum, says
“I want to thank the Wacky team for such an exceptional and interesting mag. My kids devour it every month. My husband and I have four kids we are homeschooling so the comprehension questions you provide are brilliant... not that I doubt they are understanding and devouring what they are reading. Often, as we come across various topics in our work, I hear from Josiah, “I’ve got an article about that in my Wacky”! I have recommended this mag to so many Mums and Dads and teachers... there is nothing like it.”

There are 11 issues each year, with Dec/Jan combined.

Kids love the mag so much they regularly write in to tell the editors what they think. Like Benson who says “Dear wacky but true, I absolutely loooooooooove ur mags. They are so interesting and educational.” Ben adds “Your magazine is brilliant. I think it is fantastic. I’ve been subscribing for three years now.”

 

Dawn Rasmussen
Editor of Wacky ... but true

Allan Bowditch
Business manager

 

Rachel Mill
Cover illustrations and design

Sophia Anania
Magazine illustrations and design

Wolf Wildwood
Creator of “How to draw” pages
For more fun check out
www.CartoonArtClub.com

Rodger Duff
Comic artist