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Basher Science: The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Basher , Adrian DINGLE , Dan Green , Simon Basher
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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2 April 2007
Designed to make learning chemistry much easier and a whole lot more fun, these elements show you the periodic table as you have never seen it before. Every element in this engaging little book is a specially created character with its own unique personality.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753415119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753415115
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...the look is punchy, immediate and effective. The content is
equally gripping." -- The Guardian

"An engrossing read and an ideal way to painlessly impart a great
deal of science history." -- New Scientist

"I love science... It's great to see a book making it accessible... Science should be fun."
-- Damien Hirst

"This blending of science and art is pure genius. No budding
chemist should be seen without this vital accessory." -- www.writeaway.org.uk

"This illustrated pocket-sized guide is a creative bombshell and
will transform the way you think." -- TES

About the Author

Artist and designer Simon Basher has fun playing in the world of contemporary character design. Inspired by a love of simple line work and a rich colour palette, his characters fill the gap between edgy Manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty!

High school chemistry teacher Adrian Dingle is the creator of an award-winning chemistry website (www.adriandinglechemistrypages.com). The site has been recommended by the BBC and the National Science Teachers Association.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elements with Style indeed! 21 May 2007
Although the previous reviewer is correct in saying that not all the elements were represented in this book - I think this is not the point of the book.....Some elements, as I'm sure he is aware, have only been detected for millonths of a second - so writing much about them might, at this level, be a bit tough! I thought it was a wonderfully attractive book that breathed some new life into this subject - it was an excellent idea to give each of the elements a "personality"; and the text, on the whole, was witty and entertaining and accurate!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best Periodic Table EVER!!! 18 July 2007
This is how Science is supposed to be - FUN!
The book is accurate and covers everything a young mind would need to know about the elements and the little poster that comes with it (not shown here but is folded up in the back of the bok) is AMAZING!
I have scoured the internet for a periodic table for my son, and they come in many shapes and sizes but htis one is ideal as the colourful cartoon characters each element is given are represented on the chart too and he is really keen to learn all about them!
The book is written in the first person for each element and several interesting facts are given for each element as well as the important scientific data in easy to refer to bullet point form at the top of every page.
The elements are grouped correctly and each group has its own title page with description of the main features of each group (i.e. what makes the group what it is and how to identify elements that belong to that group)
the book is smaller than I thought but that just makes it even more accesible and the text is a good size, not too big, yet big enough to keep small eyes glued to the page.
I am now on the hunt to see if Kingfisher have published any more science books in this style as I want them all
Also an ideal read for Adults trying to pick up Science again after many years ( like me)
Super - really worth the money, and mine was delivered in 2 days.

OK - so its not for chemistry A-level or above, but anything below that level is sure to love it and to behonest I am thrilled that the book has given my son of 9 a chance to access the periodic table and that I won't all be far too tedious for him when he gets into Chemistry more later - he'll be one up on his classmates.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids LOVE it 26 Mar 2009
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I bought this and the others in the series for my 10 and 12 yr old. I thought that since they're at the starting secondary school age it would help them.

My kids are absolutely sold on them - even fight over them! My son was able to correct his teacher in school over something she was teaching them about Calcium and the teacher had to go away and research it, then came back and gave my boy a sticker for knowing better than her!

Each element is presented in a 'swap card' style (similar to football cards, top trumps, etc) page and presents really fascinating and memorable information, they are colour coded and such like for aid of memory. Really cool. Makes science fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for inspiring little chemists 15 April 2010
My daughter has loved this since we gave it to her when she was about 7 - it has been re-read countless times. Whether it will inspire her long-term remains to be seen, and as someone who myself gave up chemistry at the first available oportunity, I'm not in a position to judge whether the knowledge contained therein is any good. I do know that she lovs it, though, so hopefully this book will set off on the right track, so that she ends up rather more knowledgeable than her mother.

5 stars for appealing massively to my daughter from the age of 7, when she got it, to now (age 10), when it is still in favour.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 30 May 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Who said chemistry had to be boring? (I'm sure no one has ever said this, but someone sure forgot to tell my science teacher!) Basher and Adrian Dingle have come together to create an entertaining and valuable resource for students with their version of the 111 elements.

Whether you're studying chemistry in school right now or not, you're sure to get a kick out of the full-color illustrations inside the pages of this book. Plus, you might actually learn something, as each element is fully described in detail: the name, its symbol, its atomic number, its atomic weight, its color, its standard state, and its classification.

The elements are also broken down into eleven separate categories, including the Alkali Metals, the Transition Elements, the Boron Elements, the Carbon Elements, the Nitrogen Elements, the Oxygen Elements, the Halogen Elements, the Noble Gases, the Lanthanides and Actinides, and the Transactinides.

This is the perfect, easy-to-use reference guide for people of all ages, and the included poster can easily be used for an educating, stylish decorating tool. Who knew elements could be so interesting??

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scientist is born 14 Sep 2010
Gave this to my lad, who was interested in what the tables were and what they were about. Although it doesn't explain the table as such the elements are all laid out in a fun way, Giving a basic over view of the element and its powers.
If your looking for secondary school level this is not it, the detail is not there, but for 10/12 its a way in to a new subject. I guess it could work for older kids just as a different way of remembering them all!
Anyway my 10 year old enjoyed looking at and has some idea what the periodic tables are.
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I got this for my 7yr old who prefers fact books over story books. He loves it! On long car journeys we play "guess the element" where he reads out the description. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Oxtid
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The elements are given a character and voice.
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Published 10 months ago by Tamara Himmelstrand
4.0 out of 5 stars good
as an aid to kids memories I'm not sure the abstract characters are any worse than photos of lots of grey metals - your choice
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Rhumpus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! My 10yr old has really taken to it - perfect!
I brought this as my 10yr old is off to secondary school in about 4 weeks time because I've always thought that if I had known more about the elements I may have found science... Read more
Published on 31 July 2011 by C. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, witty and relevant
If only I had read this as a teenager, I might have passed my chemistry exams! My daughters share my passion for science and miss seven has been bugging me to help her with... Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Katie's Mum
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as helpful as suggested
I bought this book for my 12 year old, thinking that it would also help introduce my 9 year old to the topic of chemistry. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by DGTips
1.0 out of 5 stars Taking it back
Cool little drawings but the text lets this down - so much so that I'm not showing it to my son as it would confuse him - it confused me! "Quick and deadly, that's me. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by jkg
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