Fun Science: A Guide to Life, the Universe and Why Science is So Awesome
by Charlie McDonnell
Quadrille Publishing/Chronicle (October 18, 2016)
Audience: Ages 12 and up
Nonfiction * Popular Science
IndieBound | WorldCat
Description from GoodReads:
Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I'm Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.
In my book, I'll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).
Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favourite mind-bending science facts.
So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us… and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!
(Written by a Science Fan NOT at scientist!)
Official Book Trailer:
Quick thoughts about the book:
Usually when I begin reading a book, I just dive right in. As a non-scientist, I prefer my science in the least geeky and non-techy manner as possible. So I will preface, I have no idea if the science within this book is 100% accurate or not. I will also say that those who are fans of Young Adult author, John Green and his brother Hank and follow their vlog posts, this is your kind of science. Below is a taste of Charlie and his style.
Charlie talks about how he wrote the book:
By watching some Charlie's videos, I felt that I was able to catch the flow of the writing of the book and also carry over Charlie's enthusiasm and passion for science from the videos into the book.
This is one of those books that the right 10 or 12 year old might enjoy but can also be enjoyed by an adult.
The font changes and sizes and illustrations provide as much voice and personality as the writing itself contributes to the book. Despite the general seriousness of the topic, there is also quite a bit of humor laced throughout.
Though this book may seem as if it is for kids and adults who love science, it could also be a fun read for those who are fascinated by science. Look for a copy at your local indie bookstore or public library.
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