Science Stunts: Fun Feats of Physics

Jordan D. Brown, illus. by Anthony Owsley. Charlesbridge/Imagine, $16.95 (80p) ISBN 978-1-62354-064-7
Brown and Owsley follow 2012’s Crazy Concoctions with another engaging collection of science experiments, this time centered around physics. Playing host to readers’ explorations is Dr. Dazzleberry, an enthusiastic physicist/magician in a rhinestone-studded tuxedo, who is joined by cartoon representations of Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. Brown includes 25 experiments, spread out over seven chapters devoted to gravity, magnetism, sound, light, and more. Motion-related experiments include creating a marshmallow catapult out of wooden craft sticks and using centripetal force to cause a penny to whiz around the inside of a balloon, à la a planet’s orbit (sections titled “The Science Behind the Stunt” explain the forces at work behind each “trick”). Sidebars discussing real-life applications of physics (such as the record-breaking speeds of Japan’s Maglev trains) round out this hands-on look at science in action. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/23/2015
Release date: 01/19/2016
Genre: Children's
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