The Big Idea Science Book

Gill Denton, Designed by, Ali Scrivens, Designed by, Miranda Brown, Designed by
DK, DK, $29.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7566-6287-5
Reviewed on: 06/28/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Aimed at grabbing readers' general interest in science, this lively overview is split into sections on life, earth, and physical science; within each category, specific subjects are plainly labeled for easy reference. Readers can discover how roller coasters convert potential energy to kinetic energy, learn about seed banks and frozen zoos, or read up on the Big Bang theory, among many other topics. Full-color photographs, drawings, and diagrams further inform, and readers can visit an interactive Web site for more exploration. For breadth of material and clarity, it's hard to beat. Ages 8–17. (June)