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VOYAYounger teenagers will enjoy the activities in this entertaining book of simple science projects, most of which can be completed with materials that are already lying around the house. It is a perfect book to bring out on a rainy day or even outside on a sunny one. Each project is presented in the simplest terms so that young readers can often perform them without assistance. The projects are purposely messy, and each includes an interesting explanation of why it works. Intriguing one-page articles on science are scattered throughout the book to teach readers how these activities relate to real life, with subjects such as the science of mummies or how people used to make soap with animal fat and ash. LaBaff's colorful and humorous illustrations add to the book's youth appeal, as do eye-catching project titles such as "Bendable Bones" and "Soda Slobber." Upper elementary students and young teens with an interest in science and making messes will have a great time trying out the easy projects in the book. Although the title is recommended for public libraries and school libraries through sixth grade, the activities are simply not involved enough for an older teen's science assignments. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Sterling, 80p.; Glossary. Index. Illus., Ages 11 to 14.
—Stephanie L. Petruso