Author: Charlie McDonnell
Published by: Quadrille Publishing
Publication date: 20th October 2016
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
I have to admit, Fun Science didn't immediately appeal to me when I watched its announcement video. If you've read this post, that means you've also seen my exercise books from old science classes, and... well, let's just say drawing was more my forte. However, when I was offered a copy of the book for review, I decided to look into it a bit more, and I was intrigued. I'm not a fan of science, really - or am I? I realised, as I was reading the synopsis, that the word 'science' makes me think of bunsen burners, tedious evaluations, a sprinkling of maths and a whole heap of awkwardness when the teacher made us work in pairs every lesson. (Until my best friend moved to my class. That was a good day. Shoutout to you.)
Anyway, I basically realised that we were never really taught about the stuff that's actually interesting, like how our planet came to be, or how our brains actually work. So, I gave Fun Science a read, and... for the first time in my life, I actually learned, understood, retained and enjoyed something science-y. Like, if you asked me to tell you how the universe began, I could now 100% tell you.
And that's kind of a big deal. I put it down to Charlie's ability to explain things in a simple way that isn't too overwhelming, unlike the textbooks you're forced to read in school. It also has brilliant illustrations, and generally just makes a really great overview of science itself.
Basically, this book is rather awesome, and if you too were put off by its topic, it's still worth a go. You might just surprise yourself.