Monday, 24 October 2016

Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Fun Science
Author: Charlie McDonnell
Published by: Quadrille Publishing
Publication date: 20th October 2016
Pages: 224
Genres: Non-fiction/Science
Format: Hardback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I'm Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.

In my book, I'll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!)

Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favourite mind-bending science facts.

So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us... and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!

(Written by a Science Fan NOT at scientist!)

I have to admit, Fun Science didn't immediately appeal to me when I watched its announcement video. If you've read this post, that means you've also seen my exercise books from old science classes, and... well, let's just say drawing was more my forte. However, when I was offered a copy of the book for review, I decided to look into it a bit more, and I was intrigued. I'm not a fan of science, really - or am I? I realised, as I was reading the synopsis, that the word 'science' makes me think of bunsen burners, tedious evaluations, a sprinkling of maths and a whole heap of awkwardness when the teacher made us work in pairs every lesson. (Until my best friend moved to my class. That was a good day. Shoutout to you.)

Anyway, I basically realised that we were never really taught about the stuff that's actually interesting, like how our planet came to be, or how our brains actually work. So, I gave Fun Science a read, and... for the first time in my life, I actually learned, understood, retained and enjoyed something science-y. Like, if you asked me to tell you how the universe began, I could now 100% tell you.

And that's kind of a big deal. I put it down to Charlie's ability to explain things in a simple way that isn't too overwhelming, unlike the textbooks you're forced to read in school. It also has brilliant illustrations, and generally just makes a really great overview of science itself.

Basically, this book is rather awesome, and if you too were put off by its topic, it's still worth a go. You might just surprise yourself.
Aaaand, thanks to the publisher, I'm giving away a copy of the book to one of you lucky bookworms! All you have to do is fill in as many or as few options as you like on the Rafflecopter below (more options completed = bigger chance of you winning) and I'll be in touch if you win. This is open to UK residents only and ends on Halloween! Good luck.

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  1. As Amber's mum, I can confirm she actually truly did learn things with this book, more than she ever did in school science lessons. As soon as she'd finished reading she came and bombarded me with science fact after science fact - which she had never done before - so from a parental perspective, I also give this book 5 out of 5 :)

  2. I'm definitely not a science nerd, so making science fun for my kids has been hard (I'm a homeschooler). I've been looking for fun books and activities for them to enjoy science as they learn. I also enrolled them in a science experiment class because I'm a big fan of making a mess in someone else's space... ;)

  3. I'm not a massive science lover yet people assume I am as I like maths.Totally not the case- I can't understand most of the theory. despised going to science lessons at school except when I had this one teacher who told us fun science facts like if everyone on earth lay down it would spin faster.