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Basher Science: Extreme Biology Paperback – 14 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753435926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753435922
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The content is surprisingly deep and there is plenty to be learnt, albeit in a fun fashion that children will love. (Parents in Touch)

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From the sensational series that’s too cool for school – this is a totally unique guide to biology!

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My 9 year old biology geek loves this book - its written at an easy to understand level whilst introducing lots of exciting and cutting edge science.
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My son collects these books and was excited when this one came out. He is as happy with this one as he was with all the others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda Replaced Facts 25 July 2013
By Rachel - Published on
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Dumbing down of facts with propaganda!? There are many different views on these extreme biology subjects... but we wanted to learn about what each of them actually are, not how we should feel about them. We have several of the Basher books and enjoy the others. The Music is such a perfect way to introduce the concepts that make up music... not in depth, just a great factual definition that gets to the heart and piques the interest. This book is just lacking. Even after reading each definition little information is actually given because the short paragraph is spent raving about the coolness factor instead of much needed information. My kids really enjoy the other basher books we own and read them again and again. This one not one of them liked. My biggest complaint is that the book spends it's limited space telling us how to feel; for instance claiming that GMO's and cloned animal fat is healthier than food from nature. I want my kids to know what science is doing, but fill in the blanks with facts, not big business's infomercials, please. Either that or sell it as a political statement. This is one example, but if you want facts and clear explanations that leave your kids wanting more keep looking... Basher messed this book up!
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2.0 out of 5 stars More promotional than educational 13 Sept. 2014
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on
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There have been many attempts at science humor over the years: The Cartoon Guide to Genetics, Darwin for Beginners, What Body Part Is That? None have been very appealing. The same can be said for Extreme Biology.

Most of the gushing reviews here seem to be gushing about the series in general. The series may well be fantastic, but this particular entry (which is the only book in the series I have read) is not.

More promotional than educational, Extreme Biology reads like an advertisement for Celera Genomics founder Craig Venter, who is given major adoration, including a frankly ridiculous two-page introduction featuring Venter on his yacht. Subsequent content is equally heavy-handed, with chapters on biotech darlings such as gene splicing, cloning, and genetically modified organisms. Then the book gets truly creepy. We learn that cloned organisms are produced "to keep 'pure' traits that might be lost in breeding," while animated synthetic life proclaims, "Boy, is evolution messy!"

British artist Simon Basher illustrates with his trademark style, and while it's true that "his characters fill the gap between edgy manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty" (as per his author biography), the appeal of his digital cartoons is fleeting due to their shallow depth and the fact that after sixty pages, even cutesy faces lose their appeal.

There are a few good nuggets here but they are almost completely overshadowed by an agenda which is oversimplified and distorted. Fellow reviewer Rachel expands on the propaganda objections. Her review is recommended; this book is not.

[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AH-mazing! 8 Mar. 2013
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My kids have almost all of the Basher books and read and re-read them ALL the time.
Learning CAN be fun!!!
Another slam dunk! Thank-you Mr. Basher. Can't wait for the next ones!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning combined with amazing illustrations! 12 Nov. 2013
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The book is a must-have for anyone interested in extreme biology! In the book are beautiful pictures and facts on stuff like... Gene Splicing, Conan The Bacterium, GMO, and genomes! Each page has facts on when the subject was discovered, who discovered it, and how big it is. The material is true, of course, but people who are good at abstract thinking will understand it better. Funny and Smart!
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5.0 out of 5 stars These books are phenomenal 23 Mar. 2013
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I purchased several Basher Books for my 10-yr old son. They are amazing. They are both fun to read and very educational. The writing is great and the art direction keeps things interesting as well. A lot of the books even come with posters. My son has the periodic table of the elements poster hanging on his wall...right next to Super Smashbrothers.
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