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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good non-fiction read, 8 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Fatal Forces (Horrible Science) (Paperback)
This book looks at science in a fun and exciting way using cartoons and amusing captions and it tells the stories about the scientists who discovered them. It is about common forces including gravity and air pressure. I think most children who can read well would enjoy it, up to around 13.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and fun., 27 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Fatal Forces (Horrible Science) (Paperback)
A wonderful introduction to the forces. Easy to understand with funny cartoons and some neat history. It's also bursting with info. This was the first Horrible Science book I read and I enjoyed it all the more. I definitely recommend it to kids who want their science lessons to be understandable and fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'May the forces be with you!', 6 Mar 2007
This review is from: Fatal Forces (Horrible Science) (Paperback)
'Fatal Forces will leave you gasping for more as it is just bursting with info.!'
'Can you resist the urge to discover:-

* why your 'ears' stop you falling off your bike?
* how a little bit of gravity could make you lose your head?
* what can make your fillings explode?

If you think you're able to stomach the 'sick' side of Science, then read on as the fatal truth about forces is squeezed out.
Find out what keeps the moon in the sky, how quickly your fingernails grow....and what happens when an apple smacks a scientist on the bonce!'

With fantastic fact files and quirky quizzes, teacher tests and crazy cartoons.

159 pages, split over chapters:-

1. Introduction
2. Nasty Newton
3. Forceful facts
4. Smashing speed
5. Gruesome gravity
6. Under pressure
7. Facts about friction
8. Stretching and straining
9. Getting in a spin
10. Bouncing back
11. Mighty machines
12. Build or bust
13. May the forces be with you

written in a variety of fonts in the usual Nick Arnold entertaining style.

Black and white illustrations throughout, as well as 'Bet you never knew' fact-boxes and 'Horrible Health Warnings'.

'Science has never been so horrible!'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and irreverent, 7 April 2010
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Becky (London, UK) - See all my reviews
We've had this book for a few months now, and it is still a firm favourite! It is packed full of information, but it is so entertaining and irreverent (and with a liberal sprinkling of grisly disasters...) that my eldest keeps returning to it. Even my youngest keeps asking for stories from it, and loves the cartoon illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but some reservations, 12 July 2007
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Andrew Findlay (Taplow, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fatal Forces (Horrible Science) (Paperback)
The idea is fun and the gruesome stories do seem to appeal to kids.

I have a couple of reservations though:

1) The author does not seem to understand the units of acceleration.

2) I get the impression that the author does not really like the metric system: they use it, but not always in a natural way.

The details of acceleration do not matter too much to younger kids, but metric *does*.
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