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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
The Most Explosive Science Book in the Universe by the Brainwaves

The Most Explosive Science Book in the Universe by the Brainwaves

Spring 2009 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 - 13 yrs.
Author: Claire Watts
Illustrator: Lisa Swerling
Illustrator: Ralph Lazar
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 9780756651527
Hardcover Price: $19.99
The graphics are engaging, full of color and style; the facts are presented in a way that appeals to young readers; and the information is accurate, yet full of full of puns and comic bubbles that add an element of lightness to the complex word of science. Two-page spreads full of numerous small quips, blurbs, illustrations, and factoids cover all the basic scientific principles. A glossary provides age-appropriate definitions of highly complex words.

Well made and seemingly sturdy, this volume provides a great reference for enquiring minds who need to learn in an animated and easy fashion about basic scientific principles and quandaries: how water boils, what creates a heat wave, why opposites attract, and what exactly are gas, matter and atoms. There are also sections that represent more comprehensive theories and periods in time, providing an overview of major inventions, famous scientists, and less well-known chemists and physicians.

With so much happening on each and every page, adults may find this approach too busy. Our young readers, however, were thoroughly engaged. This will appeal to kids who love looking for Waldo in a dense and miniature scene.

Ann Hillers   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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