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BOOK REVIEW: PrankLab – Practical science pranks you and your victim can learn from by Wade David Fairclough, Chris Ferrie, Byrne Laginestra

| 19 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: PrankLab – Practical science pranks you and your victim can learn from
by Wade David Fairclough, Chris Ferrie, Byrne Laginestra

Sourcebooks Explore
June 2021
Paperback, $24.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

STEM / Children’s Non-Fiction / Humour / PopScience

97% Rocking

Age range 9 to 12

Learn about science while performing fun and hilarious pranks in this unique book by the #1 bestselling science author for kids!

What’s more fun than a practical joke? A SCIENTIFIC practical joke! Your friends and family might be annoyed at first…until they realise they’re learning about science too! Using everyday household items, kids can exploit the laws of physics, biology, and chemistry through entertaining (and perfectly safe) activities. Each prank includes easy-to-understand instructions, step-by-step diagrams, and diary-style illustrations. Additional notes in each prank explain the science behind the fun.
Pranks include:

  • Fountain Dew
  • All-Natural Selection
  • Moon Vision
  • Mind-Control Elevator
  • And more!

 


 

For lovers of hands-on books and learning, you can’t go wrong with PrankLab!

This is the kind of book that will have most people coming away with new information. I, for one, didn’t realise that there is a soap made from gold dust and diamonds, or that soap-operas were named for the fact that their biggest advertisers around these shows used to be soap companies (I promise, you don’t just learn soap facts in this book)!

This is a brilliant book for reluctant readers and voracious readers alike. The information is delivered in quick and easy to understand snippets that make learning FUN!

At the end of each prank are some questions that will help show how much you’ve really learnt from your experiments (and to justify your shameless use of your family and friends as your guinea pigs). 

The only real issue this reader had with PrankLab was all the Americanisms… Candy, $1 bills, diapers, etc. It would have been nice if a few tweaks had been made for their UK-English and Australian audience, especially as at least one of the authors is now located in Australia.

 

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