Monday, November 21, 2016

How Things Work by National Geographic (MMGM)

Alright, so this is not a novel at all, so if you wanted a novel, tough luck, this week it isn't a novel. No, this book was graciously sent to me at a reduced cost in exchange for my honest review, so thank you National Geographic for sending me a twenty-dollar book free of charge. Anyway, on with the review.

Summary: Goodreads ~ Ever wanted to take apart the microwave to see how it works? Crack open your computer and peek inside? Intrigued by how things work? So are we! That's why we're dissecting all kinds of things from rubber erasers to tractor beams! Read along as National Geographic Kids unplugs, unravels, and reveals how things do what they do. Complete with "Tales from the Lab," true stories, biographies of real scientists and engineers, exciting diagrams and illustrations, accessible explanations, trivia, and fun features, this cool book explains it all!

What I liked:  So the thing about this book that I truly enjoyed was that even though this was written and marketed for younger kids, I truly did find this extremely fascinating. I mean, this book answers pretty much all of your questions about why anything works. From cars to appliances, to toys, this is the book that will simply answer your question about why exactly does (insert object) work. This book is like the Guinness Book of World Records. Do you remember when you used to go to the school or even public library and grab the book of world records and just stare at the fascinating pictures of the mind-boggling statistics (just me? OK then) This book is exactly like that. Do you exactly need to know why a refrigerator works? No, yet you read about it because it's just weirdly interesting, almost mesmerizing, and that is why I love this book. 

What I Didn't Like: So the one main thing I'd have to dislike about the book is that it simply is so massive. Which is good, because it teaches you about everything, but also bad, because it teaches you about everything. Frankly, I found myself combing through page after page just to find the cool stuff that I'm interested in. Also, I feel the need to point out that this is a book that will set you back an Andrew Jackson. This isn't a paperback, clearance classic novel, this is a large book that will costs twenty bucks. Just something to keep in mind, but in all honesty I would definitely pay to read the book.

Rating: 8.8 out of Ten

Why? What a fascinating book. Would suggest if it could be separated into different books instead of making one massive books with different chapters, but I know about publishing, and I know that would be a huge nightmare.

And I've already said this, but again thank you for sending me the book National Geographic! Also, to re-iterate the disclaimer: I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review. Meaning I'm not going to give this book 10 out of 10 and claim it's perfect. Just my thoughts on the book.


  1. Weirdly interesting + almost mesmerizing = awesomeness. Thanks for your upbeat review!

  2. I've heard lots of good things about this book. It does sound fascinating and the kind of thing that's going to sit on the coffee table for daily perusal. Thanks.

  3. Perfect book for inquisitive kids who like to take things a part. My son would have enjoyed this as a kid -- my husband would enjoy it now! Love National Geographic books.

  4. This book sounds interesting! Thanks for the review!