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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for your 10 or 11-year old niece or nephew, 16 Nov. 2007
This review is from: 101 Things You Need to Know (and Some You Don't) (Paperback)
This book has almost packaged itself too well - it looks like it's designed for adults, along the lines of "Does anything eat wasps?". A closer examination reveals that this is in fact a brilliant, brilliant kids book for the intelligent, enquiring kid who is somewhere between primary and secondary school. It's gorgeously designed, with colour "question"pages - which aim to answer a range of mostly science-based questions (such as, "Will your stomach explode if you eat too much?" or "Why is the sea salty?") - facing monochrome "activity" pages with experiments and other interactive questioning which the reader is encouraged to fill in. What really puts this book ahead of similar offerings is that the information is well-researched, up-to-date, yet nevertheless pitched perfectly at its target audience (The two pages on "why are farts smelly?" encourage the reader to make such distinctions as "Who seems to enjoy farting most?" and "who seems to be most embarassed when they fart?"). I think this book will discreetly encourage an interest in science while seeming to be rude, fun and mildly subversive; I think it's great and almost too good for kids! (No, I'm not the author, I picked it up in a charity shop for 25p!!!)
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