Science Stunts
by Jordan D. Brown

Price at time of review: $16.95
80 pp.
Charlesbridge Publishing
Watertown, MA
2016
ISBN: 9781623540647


Grade Level: 3-7

Reviewed by Ruth Ruud


Since he was a young boy Author Jordan D. Brown has loved doing science experiments and performing magic tricks. Now he has written a book about 25 physic experiments that are, in his words, “entertaining ‘magical’ experiments. Science Stunts is written to arouse curiosity and encourage readers to perform the experiments. The author states that this book is about “the magic of science and the science of magic” to entice the readers.

The book stars Dr. Dazz, a showman who leads the readers through the exciting physics–based experiments. Science snips from Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein, and their connections to the experiments are included with the experiments as “Science Behind the Stunts”. There are 25 physics–based experiments on gravity, motion, force, water, magnets, sound, light, and electricity and the scientific connections to Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Illustrations easily capture a reader’s eye while reading the descriptions of the experiments. All experiments have graphics that clearly demonstrate how the experiment should be set up. A prologue includes important safety rules and tips. The author includes a graphic “Adult Sidekick Needed” when an adult is needed to help with the experiment. Author states when safety items such as safety glasses and gloves are need. Materials in the experiments are generally inexpensive and can be found around the house. There are short biographies of the three scientists and a glossary to conclude the book. Science Stunts is recommended for parents and children. The author has also written other science–based books for children.


Review posted on 3/10/2016


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