Synopses & Reviews
Within these tantalizing pages lie the keys to the mysteries of science. For here, in strange and delectable detail, are dozens of hitherto secret experiments for concocting slimes and putties, inventing miniature robots and transport devices, growing crystal gardens, and many other useful creations-all crafted from widely available household products. ***Warning: countertop volcanoes also included.*** Where did these wondrous projects originate? Apparently in a shadowy toy research laboratory that once operated out of a tiny island in the South Pacific. The Zoober Laboratory has since vanished, but we recovered its crown jewel-a secret notebook: spiralbound, fabulously illustrated, a source of astounding information. Lets just be thankful the pages are wipe-clean.
"Kids looking for something fun to do will find plenty of ideas [here]....With crisp, retro comic illustrations, Mad Professor...entices youngsters to create 'Robot Food,' 'Goon Goo' and 'Top-Secret Ink.' Four sections explore polymer science, robotics, earth science and the significance of the scientific method; each experiment calls for common household items. Spiral binding and acetate pages facilitate experimentation." Publishers Weekly
"Mad Professor is not the kind of book that should sit safely on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Spiral bound with laminated pages, this happy little book is designed to resist all kinds of goo. It is also designed for the inquisitive child....[A]s your progeny go about building an Old Tyme Robot or take the time to create a Shatterproof Egg, they are also inadvertently learning valuable lessons about chemistry and physics." January Magazine
A secret laboratory has disappeared, and all that's left is a secret notebook! Dozens of recipes and cool projects show kids of all ages how to concoct a variety of projects from common household ingredients. With playful illustrations, Mad Professor is full of fun, icky, and educational activities.
About the Author
Mark Frauenfelder is coeditor of The Happy Mutant Handbook, cofounder of underground favorite bOING bOING (see www.boingboing.net), and author of a monthly column for Playboy called "Living Online." An aficionado of the ukulele and other island sports, he is currently holed up in Los Angeles.