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Basher Science: Extreme Biology [Paperback]

Dan Green , Simon Basher
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14 Mar 2013 0753435926 978-0753435922
Learn about the amazing research that is revolutionizing biology, from advances in medicine to genetic engineering. Meet the world’s toughest bacterium and a biologically immortal flatworm whilst learning about epigenetics, superbugs, nanomedicine and cloning. Extreme Biology is a compelling guide to developments at the very forefront of science – a must-read for anyone wishing to understand, and engage with, modern biology.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753435926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753435922
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 17.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The content is surprisingly deep and there is plenty to be learnt, albeit in a fun fashion that children will love. (Parents in Touch)

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Simon Basher is the creator and illustrator of more than a dozen internationally best-selling books for children including the critically acclaimed Basher Science series (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and more), the Go! Go! Bobo books and Basher’s ABC. Based in London, Basher specialises in “graphic surrealism” and his original artwork

is regularly exhibited and sold in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.

?Dan Green is the voice of Basher, the author of numerous Basher titles including Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Rocks and Minerals and Human Body. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, where he specialised in geology. He’s a journalist and science writer with a brilliant knack for science communication.

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5.0 out of 5 stars my son loves this... 17 Jan 2014
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My 9 year old biology geek loves this book - its written at an easy to understand level whilst introducing lots of exciting and cutting edge science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to collection 21 April 2013
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My son collects these books and was excited when this one came out. He is as happy with this one as he was with all the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AH-mazing! 8 Mar 2013
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My kids have almost all of the Basher books and read and re-read them ALL the time.
Learning CAN be fun!!!
Another slam dunk! Thank-you Mr. Basher. Can't wait for the next ones!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of books 22 April 2013
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These are great books. So good to see entertaining science books for children. Well done! Keep them coming. You are doing a great service to mankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 28 Mar 2013
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I purchased this for my son in fifth grade, we have five in the series so far. He really enjoys them and reads them over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These books are phenomenal 23 Mar 2013
By Copychick123 - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased several Basher Books for my 10-yr old son. They are amazing. They are both fun to read and very educational. The writing is great and the art direction keeps things interesting as well. A lot of the books even come with posters. My son has the periodic table of the elements poster hanging on his wall...right next to Super Smashbrothers.
2.0 out of 5 stars More promotional than educational 13 Sep 2014
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on Amazon.com
There have been many attempts at science humor over the years: The Cartoon Guide to Genetics, Darwin for Beginners, What Body Part Is That? None have been very appealing. The same can be said for Extreme Biology.

Most of the gushing reviews here seem to be gushing about the series in general. The series may well be fantastic, but this particular entry (which is the only book in the series I have read) is not.

More promotional than educational, Extreme Biology reads like an advertisement for Celera Genomics founder Craig Venter, who is given major adoration, including a frankly ridiculous two-page introduction featuring Venter on his yacht. Subsequent content is equally heavy-handed, with chapters on biotech darlings such as gene splicing, cloning, and genetically modified organisms. Then the book gets truly creepy. We learn that cloned organisms are produced "to keep 'pure' traits that might be lost in breeding," while animated synthetic life proclaims, "Boy, is evolution messy!"

British artist Simon Basher illustrates with his trademark style, and while it's true that "his characters fill the gap between edgy manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty" (as per his author biography), the appeal of his digital cartoons is fleeting due to their shallow depth and the fact that after sixty pages, even cutesy faces lose their appeal.

There are a few good nuggets here but they are almost completely overshadowed by an agenda which is oversimplified and distorted. Fellow reviewer Rachel expands on the propaganda objections. Her review is recommended; this book is not.

[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
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