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How many cool things can YOU do? The answer will amaze you — and the secrets are all in this witty and nearly wordless book.

Are you the crafty type? Try drawing some manga or customizing your sneakers. Got a soft spot for science? Dazzle your friends with the old exploding volcano trick, then slyly ease an egg into a bottle. Or you can really get cooking by slipping fortunes into a batch of cookies and folding them like a pro. From taking funny fake photos to breeding ...

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Overview

How many cool things can YOU do? The answer will amaze you — and the secrets are all in this witty and nearly wordless book.

Are you the crafty type? Try drawing some manga or customizing your sneakers. Got a soft spot for science? Dazzle your friends with the old exploding volcano trick, then slyly ease an egg into a bottle. Or you can really get cooking by slipping fortunes into a batch of cookies and folding them like a pro. From taking funny fake photos to breeding butterflies, from running a ninja obstacle course to reading minds to, yes, whipping up some edible fake barf, here is the source for learning how to do absolutely everything. With minimal text and maximal humor, these simple illustrated instructions will have kids psyched to:
— Investigate (science projects anyone can do)
— Create (arts, crafts, and personal style)
— Explore (adventures in the great outdoors)
— Cook (recipes for tasty — and terrifying — treats)
— Move (sports, games, and playground acrobatics)
— Amaze (tricks, pranks, and awesome acts).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lively illustrated activity book delivers concise instructions for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Projects include crafts, pranks and magic tricks; ideas for nature exploration; and other purely entertaining feats (such as building a “jiggly city” out of gelatin). Many activities are basic—with makeup, it's easy to “become a zombie”—but a good number of them, like “sport a comic-book tote,” will require additional skill. The instructions are heavy on graphics and light on detail, making for an eye-catching but potentially frustrating experience. But readers should enjoy the irreverence and variety. Ages 10–14. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
There are a lot of great projects in this book—although not absolutely everything. There are very few words in the step-by-step areas, which includes most of the book. Some projects direct the reader to the "Tell Me More" section at the back of the book but give no hint on what page to look, nor were the explanations in any logical order. Unfortunately, the authors give hardly any warnings about the dangers or messiness inherent in many of the projects. Plus, lots of the drawn instructions are not clear. The projects involving scissors or knives or wire clippers give no warning to be careful or to have an adult do the cutting. I would have preferred more explanation about the physics or chemistry of scientific experiments, even the one of why Mentos candy makes soda pop fizz. And a warning about the mess this experiment is going to make would have been nice. The book is divided into "Amaze," "Investigate," "Create," "Explore," "Cook," and "Move" sections and covers things like simple magic tricks, temporarily dyeing your hair, building a city out of gelatin, attracting insects, how to perform skate board flips and tie-dye a shirt. A teacher with good control of her class might have luck with some of these projects. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Valerie Ott
Illustrations, rather than text, serve to instruct readers ages ten and older on "how to do absolutely everything" in this ambitious and original how-to book. The activities are divided into six sections: Amaze, Investigate, Create, Explore, Cook, and Move. Teens looking for instruction on common activities such as tie-dyeing or hair-braiding should just look online or in the myriad of craft books already written. This title contains much more unusual activities such as how to bake a cake in an orange, how to become a zombie, how to fight a marshmallow war, and how to booby-trap a bathroom. The illustrations are colorful and detailed, and symbols throughout give readers additional information, such as how long or how messy the activities are, and which entries would work well for science projects. Cross-references are also included so that readers interested in one activity can easily find others that are related. Some of the more complicated projects unfortunately do not seem to lend themselves to pictorial instruction and are a bit confusing. Furthermore a few activities—such as bringing a dove back to life and running a ninja obstacle course—are just plain peculiar and seem unlikely to be tried by average teenagers. Nevertheless teens will enjoy paging through this unique book and may very well find inspiration in some of its original ideas. It is a solid purchase for libraries with large browsing collections of nonfiction for teens. Reviewer: Valerie Ott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763645991
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 381,358
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann are not only versatile craft gurus; they’re also sisters who hail from generations of do-it-yourselfers. Sarah Hines Stephens, the author of more than sixty children’s books, lives in Oakland, California. Bethany Mann’s projects have been featured in craft books for adults and on DIY TV. She lives in Brookdale, California.
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