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Basher Science: Planet Earth: What planet are you on? Paperback – Illustrated, Unabridged

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Main Market Ed. edition (19 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753418541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753418543
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.9 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BooklistBasher continues his series of science primers that are so entertaining, kids may read them for fun, beyond the classroom walls. . . .the authors blend a surprising wealth of facts into the chatty, humorous text, which is filled with analogies kids can relate to. A hot spot in the earth's mantle, for example, is "like a huge, angry pimple on Earth's face. . . . " the highly approachable language, animated cast of characters, awe-inspiring facts, and conservation messages make this an appealing starting point for students seeking basic earth-science information.

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Bringing together science, personal ads and Manga – this is a totally unique guide to Earth!

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Format: Paperback
Kingfisher/2010

From the back cover:-

'Imagine the planet we all call home as a crowd of cool globe-building characters, each with its own personality.
This book is your essential guide to the down-to-earth guys who keep the world in motion.'

Measuring in at c 12.75 cm square this is a neat little book, created by Basher and written by Dan Gilpin.
Colourful paperback covers open to 128 high quality, shiny pages, split into chapters:-

Earth (pg 6-7)
Chapter 1 - The Insiders (pg 8-27)
Chapter 2 - Going Global (pg 28-37)
Chapter 3 - Landlubbers (pg 38-51)
Chapter 4 - Wet! Wet! Wet! (pg 52-67)
Chapter 5 - Weather Gang (pg 68-97)
Chapter 6 - Lively Crew (pg 98-123)

with an introduction, a 3-page glossary and an index......completed with a fold away poster attached to the back inner cover.

Each chapter has an opening double-page spread with the introduction on the left-hand page and the 'characters', i.e. the following topics, on the right.
Each topic follows the same format, a one or 2-page spread giving key information in three bullet points at the top and bottom, with general text in between, along with a coloured 'fact box' at the foot of the page.

Opening with 'Eratosthenes' and finishing with 'Conservation', this is a useful bite-size information book which is presented in a way which makes learning fun without really realising!
I have to admit that I picked up some information I didn't previously know, reading through this relatively easy-to-digest mini-reference!
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Kingfisher/2010

From the back cover:

'Imagine the planet we all call home as a crowd of cool globe-building characters, each with its own personality.
This book is your essential guide to the down-to-earth guys who keep the world in motion.'

Measuring in at c 12.75 cm square this is a neat little book, created by Basher and written by Dan Gilpin.
Colourful paperback covers open to 128 high quality, shiny pages, split into chapters:

Earth (pg 6-7)
Chapter 1 - The Insiders (pg 8-27)
Chapter 2 - Going Global (pg 28-37)
Chapter 3 - Landlubbers (pg 38-51)
Chapter 4 - Wet! Wet! Wet! (pg 52-67)
Chapter 5 - Weather Gang (pg 68-97)
Chapter 6 - Lively Crew (pg 98-123)

with an introduction, a 3-page glossary and an index......completed with a fold away poster attached to the back inner cover.

Each chapter has an opening double-page spread with the introduction on the left-hand page and the 'characters', i.e. the following topics, on the right.
Each topic follows the same format, a one or 2-page spread giving key information in three bullet points at the top and bottom, with general text in between, along with a coloured 'fact box' at the foot of the page.

Opening with 'Eratosthenes' and finishing with 'Conservation', this is a useful bite-size information book which is presented in a way which makes learning fun without really realising!
I have to admit that I picked up some information I didn't previously know, reading through this relatively easy-to-digest mini-reference!
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My children love the bright colours and cartoon nature of this book. They enjoyed this one so much that when we went to the library they picked up a couple more from the series. It is difficult to get smaller children interested in anything 'educational', but the fun nature of this book is enough to get their interest and keep it for more than a 'quick flick'!

It is great for answering 'those questions' that kids ask about things that we don't overly think about; such as "why does it rain?" or "why does it get windy?". When we had thunder last week my 6-year-old daughter said "Oh I think I should read about this in the "Planet Earth Book", so we sat together and read all about the weather. It was such a change for her to pull out a book because she knew there was something in it that she wanted to talk about.
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By MartinRG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 April 2010
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This is a great looking book. The design is very manga-esque, with colourful distinctive characters throughout the book.

I spent a couple of hours reading the book and found it quite enlightening, explaining all about the Earth, eg creation of the continents, the oceans etc. Each subject was allocated it's own character and each section was great to look at. But... I just found the words a bit too abstract, a bit like someone had converted them from English to Japanese and then back again. While I found this quite interesting and quirky my children (7 and 12) struggled to be interested for more than a page or 2. I'd therefore resist recommending this for younger kids.

I was unsure about giving this a 3 or 4 star rating, I erred on the higher one because it stands out and gives an insight in to the subject, once you get around the language being used.
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