Synopses & Reviews
Brown and Owsley follow 2012’s Crazy Concoctions with another engaging collection of science experiments this time centered around physics. Playing host to readers’ explorations is Dr. Dazzleberry an enthusiastic physicist/magician in a rhinestone studded tuxedo who is joined by cartoon representations of Galileo Galilei Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Brown includes 25 experiments spread out over seven chapters devoted to gravity magnetism sound light and more. Motion related experiments include creating a marshmallow catapult out of wooden craft sticks and using centripetal force to cause a penny to whiz around the inside of a balloon à la a planet’s orbit (sections titled “The Science Behind the Stunt” explain the forces at work behind each “trick”). Sidebars discussing real life applications of physics (such as the record breaking speeds of Japan’s Maglev trains) round out this hands on look at science in action. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."