The ability to explain complicated ideas in simple terms is a rare, but valuable skill. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe sets out to explain how complicated stuff like the microwave (food-heating radio box), the International Space Station (shared space house), and tectonic plates (the big flat rocks we live on) work using only the 1000 most commonly used words.
This week, The Nine-Year-Old reviews The Dandelion Caper by Gene DeWeese and Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Michaeux Nelson.
While we were in Washington, DC last week, we visited the International Spy Museum on F Street. Since we’ve been back, The Nine-Year-Old has been consuming one spy related book after another. Her favorite from the week is Enigma Alberti’s Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring.
This week, The 9 year-old dives into Adrian Dingle’s The Complete Periodic Table and Dan Green’s Physics: Why Matter Matters. Both books are from the Basher Science Series.
This week, The 9 year-old reviews Cobblestone Magazine from Cricket Media and The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez.
This week, The Nine-Year-old reviews Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan W. Fields and President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett.
This week, The 9 year-old reviews If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine and The Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater.
This week, The Nine-Year-Old reviews First Light by Rebecca Stead and Abrakapow by Isaiah Campbell.
This week, The Nine-Year-Old reviews two popular kids magazines: Ranger Rick, a nature magazine from the National Wildlife Federation and Ask, a science and arts magazine from Cricket Media.
This week, the 9 year-old reviews Niall and the Stone of Destiny, a biography of King Niall, a 5th century High King of Ireland, by Lance MacNeill, and Stowaway in a Sleigh by C. Roger Mader.