How To Remember Everything: Tips & Tricks To Become a Memory Master!

Odd Dot. Oct. 2020. 144p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781250235268.
Gr 5-8–Weinstein offers a guide to memorization methodology. Over the course of 16 chapters, he introduces various theories and techniques. Weinstein asserts that not all of these techniques will work for everyone because “everybody’s brain is different.” This declaration will alleviate the frustrations of readers who may have trouble grasping certain memory methods. Each chapter includes multiple exercises and examples. Memory tests are featured at the end of each chapter, and Weinstein encourages readers to attempt these more than once, as perfection on the first try is not likely. Malley’s bright cartoon illustrations break up the text and are essential in many of the explanations. These elements make for an interactive and engaging read. Weinstein provides the scientific research and history of the techniques. Appendixes and a bibliography are included. The overall tone is humorous but informative, and Weinstein incorporates personal anecdotes of his poor memory, referred to as “monkey brain,” throughout.
VERDICT A well-structured look at a unique subject for middle graders. Consider for purchase where quirky nonfiction circulates well.

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