How Cars Work: The Interactive Guide to Mechanisms that Make a Car Move

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Kids’ passion for cars has always run fast and furious, and this interactive book and kit gives enthusiastic gearheads the opportunity to build the essential parts of a car easily and independently.

Colorful and energetic, How Cars Work details the principles for ten basic car mechanisms and includes examples of their everyday use, helpful timelines detailing each part’s history, and straightforward instructions on how to build each mechanism. All of the materials needed to ...

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Overview

Kids’ passion for cars has always run fast and furious, and this interactive book and kit gives enthusiastic gearheads the opportunity to build the essential parts of a car easily and independently.

Colorful and energetic, How Cars Work details the principles for ten basic car mechanisms and includes examples of their everyday use, helpful timelines detailing each part’s history, and straightforward instructions on how to build each mechanism. All of the materials needed to build each mechanism are contained within the kit, including machine pieces, nuts and bolts, and a detachable peg board—all color-coded for easy identification. The projects include: wheels, gear box, steering, exhaust valves, timing belt, pistons, suspension, accelerator pedal, and brakes.

This follow-up to How Machines Work is hands-on and engaging, certain to inspire the DIY spirit in every child!

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
An ambitious but impractical introduction to 10 mechanical systems common to most automobiles, with build-your-own cardboard components for each. The book opens with general descriptions and cartoon cutaway illustrations of a four-cycle engine, transmission, differential, brakes, steering and other features. Pictures on each spread invite manually dexterous readers to construct their own flat "working" models. This is done on the supplied detachable pegboard. Models of a cam-driven valve, a piston in a cylinder, versions of the rack-and-pinion mechanisms that control windshield wipers and steering, and various gear pairings use the no fewer than 45 (!) heavy-gauge gears, rocker arms and other pieces (plus a pouch of plastic fasteners) stuffed into an attached box. (Detailed assembly instructions are in the box as well.) Not only are many of these pieces small--and all easy to lose--but the "spring" for the model shock absorber is a single solid piece that will flex only if broken. Furthermore, as the author and illustrator skimp on some definitions (just what is a "parking pawl"?) and skip mention of four-wheel drive, of modern hybrid electric cars and of electronic components in general, their title promises more than it really delivers. More a Model T (or better yet an Edsel) than a T-Bird. (Informational novelty. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762447268
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 541,320
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Arnold is the author of How Cars Work and the Horrible Science series which has been awarded Britain’s Aventis Prize for Science Books. He also works as a professional historian and located an ancient battlefield that had been lost for one thousand years. He lives in Devon, England,

Allan Sanders is the illustrator of How Machines Work and internationally renowned for his powerful, quirky illustrations, which have appeared in such publications as The Economist, The Guardian, New Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times. His interactive and animation work has been featured in exhibitions at the London Science Museum. He lives in Brighton, England.

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