Today I am absolutely delighted to be reviewing Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder by Alom Shaha, and illustrated by Emily Robertson. As soon as I saw the press release for this book I knew it was something I would love. Anything that gets kids playing and having fun is never a bad thing in my book. Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder has potential to get the whole family learning while having fun, and doing something a little different rather than playing the same old board game or watching Netflix.
Intrigued? Check out the blurb here...
Why does the …? What is …? How does …?
Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers, you soon will!
Every child can be a scientist with the help of Mr Shaha and his recipes for wonder!
Turn a rainy day at home or a walk in the park into a chance to experiment. All you need are a few simple items from your kitchen cupboards ― and the power of curiosity!
Learn about sound by making wine glasses sing, investigate chemical reactions with vitamin-powered rockets, and explore Newton’s Third Law by making balloon-driven cars.
Written by a science teacher and dad, Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder gives clear, step-by-step instructions for over 15 experiments. Whether you’re a science star or just starting out, it will help you inspire young people to learn.
Get the whole family joining in around the table, as you transform your kitchen into a laboratory!
There are just so many things to love about this book. I was instantly attracted by the gorgeous illustrations by Emily Robertson - they are beautiful and will easily captivate kids to get stuck into the experiments. The illustrations are also great in actually showing the step by step method of each experiment. The book itself is also written in such an engaging and companionable way, and nothing about it appears difficult or complicated, or 'not for kids.' That being said, the book also succeeds in being the least patronising it could possibly be, and focuses on engaging kids to explore science rather than lecturing them with facts and long complicated words that they won't understand, or won't interest them.
There is such a huge range of experiments that are great for the whole family - from fizz rockets to singing wine glasses (a personal favourite of mine!) to electric motors - there are experiments here that even the youngest children can take part in. Some of the experiments kids will be able to do with their friends - that's the beauty of this book; it encourages kids to be independent and find joy in the world around them, rather than always asking a parent for help.
All together I think that this is a brilliantly refreshing book that I wish I had when I was a kid and completely confused about all things science! Shaha presents all the information in a really fun and palatable way, and the vast array of experiments will definitely keep your kids occupied in the ever-looming Easter and summer holidays!
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Buy Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Shahas-Recipes-Wonder-adventures/dp/1911344153
Check out Alom Shaha here: http://alomshaha.com
Until next time :)