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Cool Science Tricks: 50 Fantastic Feats for Kids of All Ages Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Portico; 1 edition (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907554696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907554698
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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perfect for school holidays --Good Book Guide, Dec issue

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Daniel Tatarsky's first book was Flick to Kick: An Illustrated History of Subbuteo. He is the author of the official biography of Dan Dare publishing this autumn, last in his series of books about Eagle, the best-selling comic from the 1950s and 60s. He lives in London and is also an actor.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2013
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I selected this because I have always had an interest in science, it was only when I read the bumph that I realised I should not have been allowed to read it as it is obviously for the male of the species only ("book is for action-man men") ... my bad, sorry!

After due consideration I wondered if my tiny female mind could cope with the big male science it contained only to discover, to my utter amazement, that my minuscule brain could easily cope with these amazing men-only science "tricks".

There are some interesting "tricks" and they are all very simple to "perform", it is a shame that there is not more of a scientific explanation for each.

I would also recommend supervision for children when performing many of these experiments.

If you are female and can put aside the overtly misogynist attitude of the publishers and author then I can assure you that you will find something in the book that you can entertain your family and friends with. In my case I was hoping to encourage the children in the family to take an interest in science and, to a certain degree, I believe I have been successful, though only time will tell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Milne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2013
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise G on 12 Nov. 2012
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Had this for a week and already me and my five year old daughter have worked our way through most of these tricks. Brilliant fun and most of them are so simple, using stuff in your cupboard like vinegar, tea lights, bicarbonate of soda, food dye, milk, water. One experiment simply uses an egg. Another a penny. So you can get started right away!

The pictures and instructions are easy to follow and each experiment explains the science in simple, easy to understand terms.

Each experiment is clearly labelled as to whether it is for everyone, "be careful" or grown-ups only. This book seems to be pitched at everyone from inquisitive school kids to grown up geeks wanting to impress at parties. This makes it fun for all the family! We loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sockymon on 14 Nov. 2012
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I got this book with my 8yr old nephew in mind, he is inquisitive and this seemed like a great way to channel some of that natural curiosity. The book is physically a little smaller than I expected, perhaps I thought it would be like some of the larger DK series of books, rather than being about A6. Not that this is a problem, the layout is clear and the description of the tasks throughout the book are well written. The diagrams are simple but give a good impression of what to do. The experiments are all the kind that I remember doing in school as a child that probably get knocked on the head these day due to health and safety regulations. They are the kind of things that can be done with household or kitchen implements and usually end up with something going 'pop' or 'fizz' in some way. Coolness is in the eye of the beholder though, so only time will tell if my nephew tries out all 50 of the experiments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By light VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2012
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Although we have performed many of these experiments over the years with various children and have many of the details in other books or printed online, this interested my 10 year old. The book is a handy A5 on its side size. There are no actual photos of the experiments just drawings and text in various pastel colours but this was fine and with 50 to choose from not overwhelming. All the ingredients needed were easy to find - balloons, wooden skewers, paper, paperclips, cola etc.

My son really enjoyed pushing a skewer through a balloon and making a cola fountain. He found the instructions for folding paper in an illusion trick a bit confusing - it needed more pictures, but we got there in the end. Good to have as a standby for a rainy afternoon when boredom sets in or as a nice classy looking gift for a primary age child.
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