General Science

The New Way Things Work

“Is it a fact–or have I dreamt it–that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?” If you, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, are kept up at night wondering about how things work–from electricity to can openers–then you and your favorite kids shouldn’t be a moment longer without David Macaulay’s The New Way Things Work.

The award-winning author-illustrator–a former architect and junior high school teacher–is perfectly poised to be the Great Explainer of the whirrings and whizzings of the world of machines, a talent that landed the 1988 version of The Way Things Work on the New York Times bestsellers list for 50 weeks. Grouping machines together by the principles that govern their actions rather than by their uses, Macaulay helps us understand in a heavily visual, humorous, unerringly precise way what gadgets such as a toilet, a carburetor, and a fire extinguisher have in common.

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; Rev Sub edition (October 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395938473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395938478

What’s Physics all about?

This is a lively, informative guide that shows what physics is, how it works and why it is vital to everyday life. Written in a conversational style, this book offers children an approachable source of information on key subjects such as gravity, magnetism, thermodynamics and the solar system. Illustrated with humorous drawings, cartoons and diagrams by Adam Larkum, complicated topics are kept fun with a variety of techniques including comic strips and fact boxes. Simple experiments give children working examples to learn from.

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (January 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794521185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794521189

What’s Science all about?

This is a fantastic new science book, explaining physics, chemistry and biology in an informal, fun and informative way. It is written in a conversational style, this book offers children an approachable source of information on key subjects. Fun yet simple experiments give children working examples to learn from. It is humorously illustrated by Adam Larkum.

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd; Spi edition (June 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794521207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794521202