Slimy Science and Awesome Experiments

illus. by Martin Ursell. 48p. (Gruesome). B Small Publishing. 2014. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781908164629.
Gr 3–5—This is a wonderfully illustrated, straightforward science experiment book aimed at those who have already mastered testing whether apples can float but aren't quite ready to build their own robots. Topics including magnification, salt, worms, and volcanic eruptions are covered. Each experiment is briefly explained, step-by-step, with related fun facts. Readers will especially enjoy creating invisible ink and the balloon belcher. Martineau advises parental assistance on projects involving heat or the use of sharp objects. Many ingredients are commonly found in most homes. Children will come away enlightened, though the experiments are all very simple. Laced with humor, the engaging illustrations add further to the book's appeal.
VERDICT This effective title will draw in even those who aren't strong science students.

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