Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
Being able to explain complicated ideas in simple terms is one of my favorite art forms. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe sets out to explain how complicated stuff like the microwave (food-heating radio boxes), the International Space Station (shared space house), and tectonic plates (the big flat rocks we live on) work using only the thousand (ten hundred) most commonly used words.
This book sounds like a marvel. I can’t wait for The Ten-Year-Old to finish reading it so I can have my turn.
Why The Ten-Year-Old thinks you’ll like it: “It’s got this really cool page on nuclear bombs and there’s another cool one about a tree. Both are cool because a three-year-old could understand this stuff, if the three-year-old could read. He writes really well and doesn’t use any hard words like conflagration, which is a word I know but don’t know what means. I recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about stuff, just don’t expect to learn the actual words in the periodic table because I don’t think perturbium is something we use everyday.”