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The Bacteria Book: Gross Germs, Vile Viruses, and Funky Fungi Hardcover – 3 May 2018
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Look at the cover: even kids who hate science will want to pick this up! Penned by Steve Mould (talk about being born to write this book), DK's usual methods to astonish remain. From glowing squids and all the ways you can catch the common cold to superpowered bacteria and micro animals, each topic is lovingly presented, with Mould's commentary a welcome counterpart to the lavish on-page presentations. (How It Works)
About the Author
Steve Mould (www.stevemould.com) is a science presenter and comedian with a physics degree from the University of Oxford. He has a YouTube channel with more than 175,000 subscribers, and his videos regularly achieve hits in the hundreds of thousands. One of these videos (about "self-siphoning beads") went viral worldwide, gaining nearly 2 million hits and being mentioned on the BBC and in The New York Times. Scientists later discovered why the beads performed in the mysterious way they did and dubbed it "The Mould Effect". Steve also hosts a radio show on BBC Radio 4, has appeared on Chris Evans's Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and is part of the live comedy/science trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
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The graphics and layout are a bit noisy though, does this *really* encourage children?? The author clearly gives children enough credit to read this book, why don't the publishers?
Excellent content, up to date, in-depth and viewed from an interesting and compelling angle.
Would have given it four stars because of the noisy graphics, but it gets a bonus for nominative determinism.
My children were all tickled by the fact that it's been written by a Mr Mould!
The cartoon critters, dotted throughout the book, are a little gratuitous, and have confused my four year-old, who now believes bacteria have eyes, arms and legs! But his older sisters realised immediately that they are just for fun, and they do liven the book up. But don't be put off by the cover: this is a serious text book with a wealth of engaging information about life under the microscope.
This book should spark an interest rather than put children off and my 12-year-old son loved it.
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