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Cool Science Experiments for Kids by Sumita Mukherjee

Regular readers of my blog may remember when son1 made a lava pen from Sumita Mukherjee’s “Steam Ahead! DIY for kids” book earlier this year. He really enjoyed this, so was very pleased when we received a free e-copy of Sumita’s latest book “Cool Science Experiments for Kids” free to review.

Cool Science Experiments for kids by Sumita Mukherjee

Here is the book blurb.

With this book all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. Meant for kids between six to ten, it is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for children. It introduces kids to the magic of motion, energy, chemistry, art, games, math fun; understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, having a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects that bursts, glows, erupts, spins, runs, ticks and more! There is also a BONUS: A FREE downloadable book on young kid inventors and their inventions.

This book is full of fun science activity projects. The first project that son1 chose to do was invisible ink. He wrote his message out with lemon juice, waited for it to dry, then used the heat of a hairdryer to make the message reappear. He was slightly disappointed that some letters were still not very visible after heating. Perhaps we should have used a fresh lemon rather than bottled juice. Reminds me of how I wanted to be a spy as a child. I used to love doing secret messages, although mainly with ciphers.

Invisible Ink

Apologies for the quality of the photo, but this is the message just written on the left, hidden once dry in the middle and then reappears after heating on the right.

Invisible Ink

And then he did a very quick project on lego multiplication, by multiplying the number of studs on a lego brick by the number of bricks. He is quite a maths whizz, so was very speedy with this.

 

lego multiplication

The project also asked which bricks may not be possible to use for the multiplication tables, so son1 identified a selection of lego without studs.

lego

He is planning to make an erupting potion from diet coke and mentos mints next, but I have to buy the ingredients first. We need to visit a bigger supermarket, as our small local one didn’t stock mentos.

Cool Science Experiments for Kids is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.44 in paperback or £1.54 in Kindle format. I do recommend this book for all its fun scientific projects that children can do at home with minimal adult supervision. It is targeted at children age 6 – 10. And to find out more about the author you may visit her website.

However I do have to say that we couldn’t work out how to download the bonus free downloadable book on young kid inventors and their inventions. I did try clicking, but to no avail.

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STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS by Sumita Mukherjee

I have received a free e-copy of the book STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS by Sumita Mukherjee to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Steam Ahead DIY for kids by Sumita Mukherjee

Here is the book blurb.

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and twelve to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!

Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.

This book is full of fun science activity projects. Son1 chose to make a lava pen. We had most of the things needed for it apart from the tubing, so I bought some on eBay. The book didn’t indicate what internal and external dimensions so I guessed at 5x8mm. Also I don’t have a hot glue gun, so we used fabric glue.

lava pen

We did find it rather tricky as initially it leaked when we filled it, so we had to start again. This time we used more glue and pushed the pen further into the tube, before leaving it to dry overnight. But our perseverance was rewarded and son1 was able to carefully fill it. He did end up overshooting how much coloured water to use, but we were able to shake a few drops out to allow space for the glitter and oil. He is very proud of his creation.

Here is son1’s video review.

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.87 in paperback or £3.27 in Kindle format. I do recommend this book for all its fun scientific projects that you can do at home with your children.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down by Jeff Kinney

I have some good news for Wimpy Kid fans. Not long to wait for book 11 in the series by Jeff Kinney. Both my boys are huge Wimpy Kid fans and can’t wait to read this one. We’re going to be a sent a free copy once it is published.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down

Here is the book blurb.

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’.

As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?

We were sent a short 10 page Halloween extract from Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down as a sneak peek. Son2 enjoyed reading this and is looking forward to the book. He particularly found the extract funny because Rowley needed the toilet at the Halloween party. However he thinks the cover should be a different colour as he says they have already had red. But at book number 11, I explained to him there can’t be many good colours left unused.

Son2 creating his haunted house

We also received a Halloween Haunted House activity sheet. You can see son2’s very imaginative version below on the right and Greg Heffley’s on the left.

Haunted House

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down is available for pre-order on Amazon, currently priced at £5.00 in hardback compared to RRP of £12.99 or in kindle format. This is book 11 in the series and will be published on 1st November.

Here is the trailer.

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Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer by Stuart Reid

I have received a free signed paperback copy of the book “Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer” by Stuart Reid for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Gorgeous George

Here is the book blurb.

If you don’t know what a jobby is the title of this book would be ‘Gorgeous George and the Power Pink Poo Pump’

George and Grandpa Jock are investigating the enormous piles of pink poo appearing around Little Pumpington. The circus is in town, the elephants are having tummy trouble and the monkeys are up to mischief. Crayon Kenny (when he’s not sticking crayons up his nose) has developed a craving for McDoball’s new burgers and their energy drink ‘Power Pink’ whilst Allison is doing her best to control the boys.

There’s pink poo, pumps and parades. Monkeys, mayhem and mysteries!

Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer

Any book that mentions poo, pee, farting or bottoms is a sure-fire winner with both my boys and I could certainly hear son1 giggling as he read this book. He definitely gave it the thumbs-up.

Here is son1’s video review.

Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in kindle format. It is also available in paperback, but not via Amazon. There are 5 Gorgeous George books in the series, targeted at children age 8+. Son1 loved this book and wants to read Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator next.

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The Night Before Christmas by Rose Collins

I have received a free copy of a new twist on the classic poem “The Night Before Christmas” for the boys to review. We already have the version illustrated by Christian Birmingham and it is a family tradition to read that together every Christmas Eve and then listen to the CD. So the boys are already familiar with Clement C Moore’s traditional poem.

The Night Before Christmas

Here is the book blurb.

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring,
Not even a … BEAR ?

Clement Clarke Moore’s much loved poem is brought beautifully to life in this gorgeous picture book with a twist- as Santa visits a family of bears on Christmas Eve.

Share the Christmas magic and experience a whole new retelling of the timeless Christmas classic.

The Night Before Christmas

The boys have a huge number of cuddly bears, so I was interested to see their take on this version illustrated with bears rather than people. They liked the idea of bears, but thought that St Nicholas should have also been portrayed as a bear. From my point of view, the book looks cute, but I am glad to see that the poem’s words have not been altered. A lovely book to share for Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas

This book is available directly from publisher NurseryBox and is currently priced at £4.99 in paperback or £1.99 for an ebook, although I can’t seem to get the order buttons to click. You may also purchase the ebook version from Amazon or Apple, for £1.49 currently.

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What are Diamonds, and how do they form? by Judith Hubbard

I have received a free e-copy of the book “What are Diamonds, and how do they form?” by Judith Hubbard for son1 to review. To find out more about the author and other books in the series, you may visit her website.

Son1 chose this one to review over and above the other science titles in the series because he has an interest in diamonds, particularly diamond swords, from playing minecraft.

What are Diamonds and how do they form by Judith Hubbard

Here is the book blurb.

Have you ever seen a diamond? Have you ever wondered where it came from? The story of how diamonds form will take you on a tour of the Earth. Zoom in to the atomic scale to see how atoms bond, dive into the Earth’s mantle to explore how temperature and pressure change, and get carried back up to the surface in a special volcanic eruption. All of this is real, cutting-edge science, written at a level that kids can read and understand. At the end of the book, you will find a self-quiz to test your new knowledge and fun hands-on activities that build on the science.

What are Diamonds and how do they form? by Judith Hubbard

This non-fiction book starts by talking about diamonds before moving onto to other forms of carbon, such as graphite. It then covers all the geological aspects, before ending with a quiz and activities that children can try out at home.

Here is son1’s video review.

“What are Diamonds, and how do they form?” is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.82 in paperback or £3.04 on Kindle. It is targeted at children, age 8 upwards. Son1 particularly enjoyed testing me with the quiz, before I had a chance to read the book. A good book for children to engage with science.

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Bigfoot Trails Pacific Northwest by S A Jeffers

I have received a free e-copy of the book “Bigfoot Trails Pacific Northwest” by S A Jeffers for son1 to review. S.A. Jeffers is the name for husband and wife children’s book authors, Sara and Adam Jeffers. You can find out more about the authors on their website.

Son1 was really looking forward to doing this review as the very first book that he reviewed on my blog back in 2013 was The Bigfoot Escape. We both have fond memories of Bigfoot.

Bigfoot Trails by S A Jeffers

Here is the book blurb.

Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest is a children’s reading and activity book. Play hide and seek with the reigning champion and experience the thrill of locating the mysterious Bigfoot! Visit the captivating landscapes of the Pacific Northwest habitat, where the search is on for the elusive creature. Through each of this interactive story’s pages, the reader is tasked with finding Bigfoot, where he is cleverly hidden. Both child and adult are sure to feel the magic and excitement of a legend as old as time!

Bigfoot Trails Pacific Northwest by S A Jeffers

This is a beautifully illustrated book where you have to search the 10 double-spread pages carefully to spot Bigfoot. There is a rhyme on each page to help you, but he is incredibly well hidden. I had a look too, along with son1 as a team effort. And when you get to the end, there is a list of other clues to find such as footprints and knocked over trees, so back you go again for a second time. I have to say we still haven’t found Bigfoot on every page, let alone all the other clues. Loads and loads of fun, time after time. We were looking at the book on the computer, but I have to say that I think that it would be even better in paperback.

Here is son1’s video review, in which he makes a comparison with Where’s Wally books.

Bigfoot Trails Pacific Northwest is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.67 in Kindle format or £8.27 in paperback. Son1 loved this book and I am pleased to say that it is the first in the “Bigfoot Trails” series, so watch out for more to come.

And you can see the book trailer here.

So do you believe in Bigfoot or the Yeti?

I’m not sure why but we did experience some technical difficulties with this e-book. On both iPad and iPhone, it would only display the front cover. The rest of the pages were blank. I haven’t encountered this issue before. However luckily we were able to download it successfully onto my computer and read it there.

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Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.

An Unlikely Friendship by Jasmine Fogwell

I have received a free e-copy of the book “An Unlikely Friendship” by Jasmine Fogwell for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

An Unlikely Friendship

Here is the book blurb.

Have you ever seen a Fidori? Wait! What is a Fidori, you ask? Fidoris are leafy, mushroom-footed creatures that live on the tops of trees. But are they real? James, age ten, has seen one, although his skeptical parents dismiss his stories, telling him that he is too old for imaginary friends. Rionzi DuCrét, an one hundred and fifty year old lady, also claims to have seen the Fidoris. However, the people of Nemesté agree that this is a sign that Rionzi has gone insane in her old age. Join James and Rionzi in The Fidori Trilogy as they set out to find the Fidoris and prove that they are real.

James is staying at the inn with his parents whilst they look for a house to buy in Nemesté village and he explores to the top floor where he meets a very old lady called Rionzi DuCrét who he is not supposed to see. Whenever his parents are out, he goes back several times to chat to Rionzi and tells her about his friend who he now can’t find in the forest. He also mentions the purple flowers, (as in the title of book 2). Rionzi recognises what he is talking about from her own encounters many years ago.

Here is son1’s video review.

An Unlikely Friendship is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.50 in paperback. It is also available as an ebook, but not via Amazon. Son1 enjoyed this book, plus the sneak preview of the follow-up story.

An Unlikely Friendship is the first book in a trilogy. Books 2 and 3 are still work in progress but their titles will be “The Purple Flower” and “The Journey to the Top of the Trees”. Something to look forward to.

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Sign of the Green Dragon by C Lee McKenzie

I have received a free e-copy of the book Sign of the Green Dragon by C Lee McKenzie for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Sign of the Green Dragon

Here is the book blurb.

Three plucky sleuths. A crumbling skeleton. A buried treasure.

After six months in a new school, Sam’s finally fitting in. He’s the one kid with enough talent to hit the winning home run and bring the baseball trophy back to Haggarty Elementary. But Sam’s guardian is shipping him off to boarding school before that can happen.

When teammates, Joey and Roger, hear his bad news, they plot to hide him until the big game. Their secret cave is a perfect place until an earthquake shatters a wall and reveals a wooden chest with a red-eyed dragon carved into its top. Inside, a bony hand clutches a map with a note, promising treasure.

With Joey and Roger, Sam sets off to track down the clues and hopefully discover treasure. When some puzzle pieces start to make sense, the boys become lost in a labyrinth of underground tunnels, trapped by dangerous thieves and sealed inside an airless tomb.

Sign of the Green Dragon gets a high five for fantasy, fun and some fearsome adventure. If you like intrepid would-be knights on impossible and dangerous quests, you’ll love this story. As one reader says, this book, “has more twists than a dragon’s tail.”

Sam is about to win the baseball cup for his school team, but his guardian, Uncle Jasper plans to send him off to a boarding school. So he and his friends go to hide in a cave until the big game. But they discover a note which sets them off on a treasure trail.

Here is son1’s video review.

Sign of the Green Dragon is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.19 in paperback or 99p on Kindle. It is targeted at boys age 9-12. Son1 really enjoyed this mystery adventure book, with lots of clues. Highly recommended. And I love the cover image too, which is intriguing, making you want to jump into the book. With both that and son1’s recommendation, I plan to read this myself too.

Sign of the Green Dragon

And watch out for a giveaway of this book on my blog soon.

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Tryouts for Ben by Jean Cogdell

I have received a free e-copy of the book “Tryouts for Ben” by Jean Cogdell for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Tryouts For Ben by Jean Cogdell

Here is the book blurb.

Tryouts for Ben is a story for young readers who are bridging the gap from early readers to chapter books.

Are Benjamin’s parents right? Is he spending too much time alone and too much time playing video games? And what’s so bad about that? Why does he need to play a sport?

Don’t his parent understand that he’s terrible at sports? Ben would rather cheer on his big brother, the high school star athlete than let the whole world find out how really terrible he is.

But his parents are determined Ben will not spend the summer indoors. Will Ben’s summer end in humiliation as he fears or will he discover a new talent?

School summer holidays and Ben is planning to spend them on the swings and playing video games. But his parents have other ideas and each day take him to try a new sport. So he tries football, ice hockey, baseball, soccer and basketball, all with some disaster. However when he starts thinking about it, maybe they won’t be so bad with some practice. Perhaps the summer won’t be as bad as expected.

Here is son1’s video review.

Tryouts For Ben is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.84 in paperback or £1.99 on Kindle. Son1 enjoyed this book, which at just 57 pages, is also great for those children at early reader stage. The story is aimed at American children, but it crosses the pond well. The only word we had to look up the meaning for was bleachers.

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