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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: 133,865 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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One Wonders: Why the blatant lack of female characters? 20 April 2014
By Martin W. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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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!
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buy these books despite my reservations 19 Dec 2013
By guitar geek - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

*sigh*

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!!
Interesting 8 July 2014
By Kimberly Haun - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter found this book very interesting. It is not my favorite of the Basher books but it held her attention and sparked some questions.
Great for kids 4 Mar 2014
By Elaine Levitz - Published on Amazon.com
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My 8 year old son loves the basher science series. Fairly technical though. Difficult vocabulary. My son gets the gist of it.
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