Friday, October 16, 2020

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- Copycat Science: Step Into the Shoes of the World's Greatest Scientists (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Here is another great resource book to pick up and use with your kids who may be homeschooling or remote/virtual learning this year, and beyond.  My girls are big on science, and I knew they would love this book, as they love experimenting and learning all about famous scientists and their theories and discoveries.  

Being a homeschooling family for over 6 years now, I have bookshelves of resource books that I use to help share about a topic and to making grasping a new concept or lesson easier and sometimes even more fun. :-)  This book is not like any other science books we have as it is set up in a comic book like style.  When my youngest daughter, who is a huge graphic novel reader, saw this, she smiled, and said, "This is so cool!"  She couldn't wait for us to dive into the book, reading all about the scientists and trying their hand at some of the experiments these scientists did. 

We have only done a handful of experiments in the book so far, but plan to complete all the activities as part of our schooling this fall.  From learning how to keep things dry underwater with kinetic theory, to defying gravity with air pressure, and even experimenting with buoyancy with a Cartesian diver, there is so much to do experiment and STEM-wise with this cool new Copycat Science book.  My girls love this book, and get excited when I pull the book out for school and say we will be doing an experiment from the book for school.  If you have children who love science and doing hands on science experiments, or are looking for fun and unique ways to get kids excited about science through this comic book style book, then I highly recommend "Copycat Science: Step Into the Shoes of the World's Greatest Scientist."  This is one book you will use time and again with your kids for schooling and just for fun.

About the book:

"Science is entertaining... science is funny... science is downright ridiculous!
Explore the wacky world of STEM in this comic book of exciting experiments
  • Defy gravity with air pressure!
  • Extract DNA from a living thing!
  • Learn the science of SLIME!
  • Create a lightning bolt in the dark!
  • Prove theories about light with Newton's wheel!
...and much more! Discover STEM topics through the lives of over 40 scientists and their amazing discoveries. Read the comic strips then have a go at each STEM experiment yourself. Featuring a diverse range of scientists throughout history this book will inspire you to give science a go! Are you ready?"

About the Author:

Mike Barfield is a writer, poet, performer, songwriter, ukulele player, and cartoonist. He has written extensively for TV and radio - with credits as diverse as Spitting Image, The Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show and five years on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. His cartoon feature Apparently has appeared in the pages of Private Eye for over 20 years, and his drawings have been on display in the Cartoon Museum, the V & A, the Museum of London, and Nigella Lawson's downstairs loo.

His Destroy This Book series (published by Buster Books) has been sold around the world, starting with the Destroy This Book In The Name of Science! The Element in the Room (Lawrence King, 2018) which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019.

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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