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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (5 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0753433435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753433430
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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, Algebra & Geometry 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chocolate Drop VINE VOICE on 1 July 2013
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I have bought my kids every single one of the Basher books and they are brilliant. The characterisation and graphics used bring the subject matter to life in a cool and funky way that the kids really love, and so they read a book and learn all sorts of facts, without thinking they are reading a factual book at all!
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Bought for my son who really likes it. It is a relatively small book, larger than was expected. It is packed with easy to understand topics, children friendly pictures and written in a clear manner that my son finds enjoyable and informative. Would have given five stars but the extra size takes away from the overall pleasure of owning it.
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By Ruth Wood on 16 Nov. 2014
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My Grandson was thrilled with his birthday present
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One Wonders: Why the blatant lack of female characters? 20 April 2014
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I am an adult, and to my amazement, "Technology," a book published in 2012, had no female characters -- with one possible exception. Some examples: The author refers to the Movers-n-Shakers, Mega-Movers groups, the toilet and the telephone as "guys"; to gears & springs, microchips and rotors as "fellows"; to the radio, the digital camera, the 3-D printer and plastics as "dudes"; to steel as "the man of steel"; to the refrigerator as "the king of cool"; to the battery as a "portable prince"; and to the ion as "ion man." The possible exception: The author refers to the robot as "Cinderella," a character whose value as a female role model remains controversial. Ironically, some of the best characters in the book have no gender.

Unfortunately, the same blatant lack of female characters marks some the other otherwise highly interesting books in the Basher series, "Physics" among them. To be fair, I have not read them all. Nevertheless, I think that the publishers have no interest in inspiring young budding female scientists. I encourage Basher to publish a revised series that will address this problem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
How Science Is Applied to the World 21 Feb. 2014
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With colorful illustrations, Technology, by Dan Green, is a fresh look at mechanics, hydraulics, radio & television signals, electrical energy, communications, materials, technological products and how we use these ideas to maintain our civilization.

The book targets 10-year olds, but can be enlightening for older youngsters as well as enrichment for grades two through five. It is easy reading, yet sophisticated enough to be packed with understandable and useful information.

In the back, a foldout diagram illustrates the book's contents in a simplified and organized manner, providing a handy, easily digestible reference. With an easy-to-use index and a comprehensive glossary, Technology is ready to enrich grade-schoolers in the 21st Century.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
buy these books despite my reservations 19 Dec. 2013
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This review applies to MOST of the Basher books as they all seem to share the same mix of excellence and failure.

First, these books are GREAT in that they present some of the terminology/jargon of the subject matter in a way that seems to interest small children! (in my experience, ages 4-7 seems about right) This is actually a BIG DEAL, as the books reliably deal in wonderfully important subjects. For this, I highly recommend them and thank the authors and publishers for their effort!

However... there are two ways in which I find these books to be terribly disappointing:

1) The attempts to make each entry clever and fun raise the effective reading level high above the target audience. Clever puns and delightfully descriptive diatribes do not go over so well with young children just beginning to read. My six year old is completely ready for the subject matter, but struggles to the point of giving up (!!) trying to manage the prose.

2) IMHO, the attempts at fun language and clever characterizations often work to obscure the simplicity of the subject matter at hand. As a scientist who understands many of the concepts under discussion, I often find myself marveling at how these descriptions express an opaque and incomprehensible version of what are fundamentally simple ideas.


Basher Guys... I LOVE what you are trying to do. IMHO, if you can find a way to simplify the prose, and not let "characterizations" get in the way of "simple explanations", then you will be changing the WORLD!!

So despite my reservations... BUY THESE BOOKS!... I think that as long as they use it to try to do better, these guys have TOTALLY earned our income!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
my child loves these books! 29 Dec. 2012
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I have a second grader and he loves these books!! Definitely recommend buying them for your child. Nice job Dan Green!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best Series of Books for Children 9 July 2013
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All of the books in this series are outstanding. They are spectacular in design and teach highly complex concepts to very young children. My daughter was naming her favorite elements from the periodic table at 4 years old because she was so intrigued with the way the information is presented. These books are also excellent in that you can introduce the information to a young child and the child can also use these books as reminders and reference guides in later years. Additionally, they come with informative posters that are constant reminders of the facts.
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