My sons are really into science - they love all the Horrible Science books and anything like that, but it's sometimes a little hard to come up with cool little ideas for experiments that are easy to do at home and that will get them excited. Well, with the help of this book it's suddenly not so tricky! The 50 "tricks" in this book are great because nearly all of them are quick and easy to set up, with things that you'd generally have knocking around the home anyway. Each experiment is laid out over two pages and has a "things to get" list, so it's easy to see what's needed beforehand and then a "let's get started" section tells you what to do. Each experiment has an indication of who should be doing it - there a few that are listed as "danger - adults only"...but most are "be careful" or "for everyone". I like this simple labelling - it's a nice idea.
As mentioned previously, most of these tricks are very quick and easy to do, but they do introduce some really cool scientific concepts, (for if you're interested!). Each experiment gives you the lowdown on the science behind the trick and this is generally explained very clearly and in a fun, but not condescending way. An example of one of the tricks shows you how to stick a drinking straw into a raw potato. Think this is impossible? Nah - the book shows you how and tells you why it works!
My sons love this book so far and so do I. If you have a kid that is interested in science then it's a great little resource. If your child isn't so interested in science, however, then you never know...this book might open their eyes and get them a bit interested as it's fun as well as sneakily educational. Highly recommended.