This week’s review is brought to you by my brother Book Boy Junior (aged 10).
Title: Bear Grylls Adventures (The Desert Challenge)
Author: Bear Grylls
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
About the book: This book is about a girl named Sophie who finds a mysterious compass that transports her to a desert where Bear Grylls is waiting to guide her back to safety. It’s good because it teaches you some survival skills that might not know.
What I thought: I thought this book was a page-turner. I read it in a couple of nights – it felt as though it went really quickly, and left me with a taste for more. I really liked the things that I learnt about the desert and the things I learnt about surviving.
Did you know, for instance, that if you’re in a desert and you find a dry lake or river, it can flash flood? So if you dig down, you’ll probably find a good supply of water buried under the surface!
I would recommend the book for kids aged 6+, and I think girls would enjoy it as much as boys because the main character is a girl. If you like a short, fast-paced book, this one is for you, and I look forward to reading others in the series. BBJ
Buy Bear Grylls Adventures (The Desert Challenge) here.
Title: The School Of Music
Author: Meurig and Rachel Bowen (illustrated by Daniel Frost)
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
About the book: Have you ever wanted to learn how music works, what the different styles of music are or how to make your own music? Than you should read this book!
Set out like an introductory course in music, with samples available to listen to online, this non-fiction book will tell you all about how music works and how to understand the basic concepts and structures in music.
What I thought: This is a great introduction to music. If you are already know quite a lot about music, this book may not be for you, but if you just want to know how you can make your own music and learn about the fundamental concepts of music, you should definitely give this book a go.
While I have been learning about music and playing instruments for a while myself, I still really enjoyed the section on how architecture affects sound, and the lesson on how to memorise a song or piece of music. I also liked the beautiful illustrations, which really add another level to the book.
I would recommend this book for ages 10+.
Buy The School Of Music here.
Title: Assassin’s Creed: A Walk Through History (1189-1868)
Author: Rick Barba
About the book: Have you ever wanted to know what life was like in the time of the Crusades or the Italian Renaissance?
Filled with fun facts, historical artefacts, snapshots of important dates and people, then this book is for you. Based around the hit video games ‘Assassin’s Creed’, the book aims to bring the worlds to life.
What I thought: I really loved the way that this book was presented. It’s got lots of little pieces of different information, which add up to build a big picture. The time periods it looks at are interesting because they’re very big events in the world’s history, and it takes an in-depth look at them and the people who made them happen.
Making it based around the video game helps to get kids, particularly teenagers, interested in history, which I think is a very good thing.
I’d recommend this book for ages 10+, as you don’t need to have played the video games (which are rated at least M) to enjoy the book. If you have played the game, you’ll probably get even more out of it because you’ll understand the world’s in which your characters are moving.
Buy Assassin’s Creed: A Walk Through History (1189-1868) here.
Title: 50 Shades Of Grey Matter
Author: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
About the book: Have you ever wondered why it is dark at night? Have you ever walked into a room and immediately forgotten why you are there?
Well this book holds the answers. Learn about the wonderful ways of science and impress your friends with knowledge such as why the sky is blue, all thanks to Dr Karl.
What I thought: I really loved this book because Dr Karl makes science fun and funny. As well as the science facts in the book, some of the general knowledge in it can be useful and clever to show off! For instance, I was able to tell my mum why she’d forgotten why she’d entered a room…
Having read one Dr Karl book, I immediately searched out others.
I would recommend this book for ages 12+ as some of the science in there, although being presented in a fun way, can get a bit confusing. If you like Adam Spencer, then you will love Dr Karl.
Buy 50 Shades Of Grey Matter here.