Here’s a little nonfiction science fun for you.
There are a lot of books on NetGalley that I’m skeptical about. Most of them I pass on. At first glance, this one seemed like another low-budget, low quality offering. But the title is so intriguing. Fire bubbles? Exploding toothpaste? Those sound perfect for guys. I had to check it out.
Man, am I glad I did. This book is chock full of awesome. Low budget, low quality? No way. This is a great book.
Fire Bubbles is a compendium and how-to guide for a ton of great science experiments. Most of them seem like a very high reward-to-work/cost ratio.
Steve Spangler even references the old, “Don’t try this at home” spiel. He knows, just as you and I know, that saying that just makes us want to do it more. His instructions, “Let’s try it!” And it’s not a suggestion. It’s an order.
Some of the experiments were cool ways to trick your friends and family (or students!), like “Windbag Wonders” or “The Quick-Pour Soda Race.” Others are crazy stunts, like “Pop Your Top” and “Skateboard Rocket Car.” Really, there wasn’t a single experiment in the book that didn’t make me think, “Dang, I want to try this!” They all seemed fun, safe enough, and interesting. Most of them use everyday household materials, so there’s usually not much you need to go out and buy.
Some parts of the book are sort of written for adults–teachers in particular. I’d say this is definitely a book you get with your dad, mom, older brother, or some other more-grown up person, and then have a crazy time working some really cool science experiments.
Maybe we’ll have to try one or two during Guys Read sometime.
Keep reading (and experimenting)!
Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste: More Unforgettable Experiments that Make Science Fun
By Steve Spangler
Genre: Nonfiction, science
This book will be released on October 1, 2011.