The Element in the Room by Mike Barfield, illustrated by Lauren Humphrey and published by Laurence King Publishing is an illustrated guide to the periodic table that will change the way you think about the chemical elements. It has also recently been nominated for the Blue Peter Book Awards.
Everything in the world is made up from just over 100 different elements and Sherlock Ohms is on the case to help you find them. With the periodic table to hand as your list of suspects Sherlock Ohms goes right back to the start of everything we know, the Big Bang, and explains how the elements are created.
Each element is picked apart by this detective as he introduces us to the places we can find each of the elements; Did you know you can find Boron (B) in bananas, crash helmets and surfboards? Or that Titanium (Ti) can be found in toothpaste and also artificial hips?
Once you’ve got to grips with where to find these elements you can try some of the experiments to discover more and see them in action. What reaction will happen to the calcium in an egg shell if you pop it in a glass with some vinegar? How can sodium help you pick ice cubes out of water with the end of a piece of string?
Information is clearly explained and presented in easy to understand formats making this book instantly accessible. Packed with amazing facts, engaging illustrations and comic strips that are sure to inspire any budding young scientists.
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Many thanks to Laurence King Publishing for sending a copy of this book for review.
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