Reviews for Tricks of Sound and Light

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
After a brief introduction, Brasch answers thirteen specific questions about each physics subtopic (e.g., "Why Are Bubbles Always Round?") using main text, captioned photos, diagrams, and simple experiments. The broad scope of the questions, from whether a singer's voice can shatter glass to how roller coasters work, results in some superficiality, but the information is accurate and accessible. Ind. [Review covers these Science Behind titles: Theme Parks, Playgrounds, and Toys and Tricks of Light and Sound.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 5 Up--These question-and-answer format titles are attractive but flawed. An engaging question ("Do Any Plants Eat Animals?") is presented on each spread, followed by a brief answer and further explanation. Color photos, charts, maps, and sidebars help to illustrate important points and give the books an exciting look that will draw in reluctant readers. Foods We Eat contains information about food labeling specific to Australia, which may confuse some readers. Unfortunately, the many typographical errors, odd word choices, and frustrating experiment directions throughout mean that the series is not a worthwhile purchase.

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