Inner Workings: The Extraordinary Insides of Ordinary Things; Peter Hinckley, illustrated by Olga Zakharova
What would you discover if you were to cut open a microwave, a bee hive, a refrigerator, a printer, a bowling alley, a toilet, a pencil, or even a vending machine? The answer…a rather extraordinary inside. While these things may all look fairly simple on the outside, dig a little bit deeper and there are some really cool and rather impressive inner workings at play. It’s time to peel back the ordinary and reveal the extraordinary…
Children are naturally curious and love to take things apart so what could be better than having a book that celebrates ‘inner-workings.’ I have previously read Thing Explainer which sets out to explain ‘complicated stuff in simple words’ and whilst it does exactly what it sets out to do I found it a little heavy going and the information overload would certainly place a heavy demand on younger readers. What Inner Workings offers is an accessible, engaging and educational read that is perfect for those young minds that are knowledge-hungry and keen to know more.
From Bushel & Peck - the brilliant publishing house whose generosity and mission to get more books into the hands of those in need sees them donate a book in return for every book sold - comes a fantastic STEM-filled treat for inquisitive minds. Inner Workings: The Extraordinary Insides of Ordinary Things takes children inside everyday objects and machines to uncover what is going on beneath the surface and reveals the secrets of how things work. Featuring both man-made and natural objects, this ‘inner-working’ deep-dive gives readers the low-down on everything from bee hives to ant colonies, baseballs to paint brushes, toasters to coffee machines, air hockey tables to fair ground carousels.
It is such a cool book and will have children keenly reaching for the tools to dismantle anything and everything to find out what is inside. The whole thing is written and illustrated to appeal to kids with vibrant artwork popping and zinging off of a black background and with fun facts and fascinating information throughout that showcases the intricacies of everyday items. Short and precise technical explanations and incredible cross-sections and exploded diagrams provide readers with everything they need to know about mechanisms, structures and processes. Personal favourites are locks, fireworks, the soft-serve machine and the hornet's nest.
Just the ticket to spark curiosity and one that budding inventors, engineers and scientists should most definitely read.
Recommended for 9+.