Cool Stuff Exploded
by Chris Woodford;

Price at time of review: $24.99
256 pp.
Dorling Kindersley, Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 0756640288

Grade Level: 5-12

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

No explosions hereā€”just giant expositions of the best in technology in a huge book that's likely to become a classroom favorite for students of any age. This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 has huge photos of familiar objects, from an Airbus to bobcats, and these reveal their mechanisms and the ingenuity of the engineers who designed them.

Students will look again and again at the disassembled and labeled components of the familiar bicycle or watch, or at the newest camcorder or cell phone. Photos and computer-generated images provide an inside look at the mechanisms that make many transportation vehicles, home appliances, entertainment systems, and personal electronics function. The book is supported by the standard glossary and index, plus a great CD-rom with animations. Engineering has never been so exciting!

Review posted on 1/15/2009

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