The Big Book of How: Guest Book Review

June 9th, 2011 by

Today, we have another guest book review from our friend, Brent Lazo whom we might as well start calling the nonfiction guru. After his awesometastic reviews of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition and Sports Illustrated Kids All Access, we asked Brent for his take on a fact-packed book that just hit the shelves last week. Here’s his review:

Have you ever seen something so cool or so interesting that you couldn’t help but wonder: “How?” How is that possible? How does that work? How did they do that?

Or maybe there are everyday things that you never really considered, but now that you think of it… how do they work? Making some microwave popcorn before settling in for a movie? Well, have you ever thought about how your microwave heats up food? And the popcorn itself — how is it that it pops? And how does your stomach digest the popcorn after you’ve eaten it?

TIME for Kids: The Big Book of How puts answers to these and many other questions right at your fingertips, and it’s full of great pictures and illustrations that help bring everything to life. What impressed me most about this book was not just the content itself (more on that in a moment), but the sheer amount of topics covered (501 facts in total, according to the cover!). The Big Book of How lives up to its name and will leave you with a whole slew of knowledge to impress (or annoy) your friends with.

The book is divided into 11 topic-specific chapters that make it easy to navigate through all of the interesting info. You’ll get answers on subjects like Animals, Sports, Transportation, the Human Body, and Science. [Note: If you’re currently rocking out and blasting your favorite tunes through your headphones, might I suggest you read the “How Does Loud Music Hurt Your Hearing” section?]

The Big Book of How also pairs each chapter with fun and relevant activities (read about how ice cream is made, and then go make it yourself!), plus additional “factoids” that give some more interesting details about the topics at hand.

So if you’ve got some questions and you want some answers, then The Big Book of How is for you.

— Brent

Brent enjoys music, sports, the Charlotte Bobcats, and reading nonfiction; and he used to carry a 204 bowling average. These days, he can often be found training for his next half-marathon.



Review copy provided by the publisher.

4 Responses

  • Myra writes:
    June 14th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Hi! Interesting read. Have you also shared this with Nonfiction Monday – since it seems right up their alley. Would check this out. =)
    Myra from GatheringBooks

  • kiddiemomo writes:
    March 6th, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    WHERE DID YOU FIND THIS BOOK I NEED IT NOW!!!!!!! Sorry, I got carried away. At lunch, my friends and I have “Factoid Face-Offs”. Whoever comes up with the strangest fact wins. By the way, did you know that a day only has 23 hours and 56 minutes? Or that the largest piece of hail was the size of a basketball?

  • kiddiemomo writes:
    March 16th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Really, where do you find this book?

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      March 16th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      @kiddiemomo: We got a review copy from the publisher, but you can try to find the book at your local library or bookstore or order it online!

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