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Gotcha!: 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
     

Gotcha!: 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends

by Acer, MacEachern (Illustrator)
 

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A book full of knowledge and know-how, Gotcha! demystifies some age-old mysteries and shows kids that it's easy to be a master of illusion. Doubting Dave and the Mystery Hunters take readers behind the scenes of the world's oldest and coolest mysteries. Then they show kids how to re-create those mysteries to fool their friends. This interactive book is also full of

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A book full of knowledge and know-how, Gotcha! demystifies some age-old mysteries and shows kids that it's easy to be a master of illusion. Doubting Dave and the Mystery Hunters take readers behind the scenes of the world's oldest and coolest mysteries. Then they show kids how to re-create those mysteries to fool their friends. This interactive book is also full of interesting and bizarre background information on each mystery.

With step-by-step instructions, easy-to-find materials (and sometimes no materials at all) kids can:

? Hypnotize a friend
? Turn a pencil into gold
? Test their house for ghosts
? Make Bigfoot prints
? Make a fake UFO photo and video
? Make their own lake monster video

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Critical thinking and scientific reasoning underscore the fun activities. Reluctant readers will be hooked.—CM Magazine

This playful collection actually offers 19 cool tricks, from appearing to hypnotize a friend to making a crop circle ...—Kirkus Reviews

It's all here with simple instructions, fun factoids and amusing illustrations.—Today's Parent

Today’s Parent
It’s all here with simple instructions, fun factoids and amusing illustrations.
Kirkus Reviews
This playful collection actually offers 19 cool tricks, from appearing to hypnotize a friend to making a crop circle, accompanied by examples and explanations and a final puzzle. Based on the Canadian television series Mystery Hunters, co-written and co-hosted by Acer, author of a number of magic books for adults, this combines instructions for magic tricks and illusions with photographs of teen characters from the show investigating various mysterious topics. Who wouldn't want to be able to video a UFO or a lake monster, to seem to fly or to move things with the power of the mind? Clear, step-by-step instructions are presented like recipes and laid out in boxes with MacEachern's humorous cartoon illustrations as support. The multicultural cast even includes an alien friend. With orange direction boxes and lime-green explanation ovals printed on blue pages, even the design will make readers smile. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
CM Magazine
Critical thinking and scientific reasoning underscore the fun activities. Reluctant readers will be hooked.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554531950
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

David Acer is a Gemini-award-nominated writer, magician and comedian who has done crazy things on dozens of television shows around the world. Younger viewers might recognize him as "Doubting Dave" from Discovery Kids' Mystery Hunters, a show which garnered him two Gemini nominations (the Canadian equivalent of the Emmys) for Best Writer in a Children's Non-Fiction Series.

Stephen MacEachern has illustrated more than 10 children's books. He is also a web and print designer and has taught illustration at the Sheridan Institute, where he himself studied. Stephen lives in Erin, Ontario, with his wife and two children.

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