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ASK magazine is an innovative children's publication that focuses on the arts and sciences. Geared at children age's seven to ten, it includes topics and themes that children have a natural curiosity about, such as the human body, Earth, animals, and nature. Each issue of ASK magazine includes fun facts, stories, and illustrations designed to spark your child's interest, educating while also entertaining.

ASK magazine explores fun and exciting topics such as why people love music, why animals sleep, and how the solar system was formed. Each thirty-six-page issue contains The Clubhouse, Invention Studio, and book recommendation sections, which consist of advertising-free articles and activities such as Scoops and Ask Jimmy and the Bug. The zany cast of cartoon characters from Marvin and Friends frolic in the margins of each article, sharing their comments on the material being covered. Readers have the opportunity to contribute in the Contests and Letters section of each issue.

ASK magazine is an award-winning publication, winning the 2012 Parents' Choice Gold Award. It was also recommended by Parents' Choice in 2010 and was the Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner in both 2008 and 2009. Young readers love their subscriptions because ASK is as informative as it is fun to read.

ASK magazine features high-quality content that both stimulates and satisfies the curiosity of its readers. Readers can also engage with the magazine's interactive website for additional activities and reading content. Imaginations will be excited by the informative articles found in each issue.

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Ask investigates the world with past and present inventors, artists, and thinkers, and scientists. From the publishers of Click, Ask offers cartoons, contests, projects, Web experiments, games, and puzzles for kids ages 7 to 10 (grades 2 - 4).

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Cricket Media
  • ASIN: B00006FXOV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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203 of 203 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
My elementary age kids are just beginning to understand the larger scope of the world and human knowledge. While in the process of looking for good magazines about current events I came across Ask, Muse and Dig. I signed up for a subscription to Ask in hopes that it would help my kids get that better understanding of the world of ideas. We've been quite pleased with it.

In that process of looking for good kids magazines we tried out a bunch of them, and got subscriptions to most. Here's my quick quick rundown

Kids Discover: heavy on pictures, light on words. The articles tend to be little snippets and factoids without context or much explanation.
National Geographic Kids: heavy on pictures, light on the words. Articles are a bit more in depth than Kids Discover.
Time for Kids: Thin and a bit flimsy, but comes frequently (every two weeks?) and covers major current events pretty well. Different versions are available for different ages. Order it from the Time for Kids web site since Amazon doesn't seem to carry it.
Dig: In depth interesting articles addressing history and society under the guise of archeology. Probably best for late elementary and middle school, and/or more thoughtful kids.
Ask and Muse: In depth interesting articles addressing all sorts of thoughtful topics. Probably best for late elementary and middle school, and/or more thoughtful kids.
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ask is amazing! October 24, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Ask Magazine is another wonderful publication from the originators of Cricket. Ask is all about arts and sciences, with each issue having one unifying theme. The recommended age range is from seven to ten, but younger fluent readers can also enjoy Ask.

Ask contains regular features as well as a variety of articles related to the central theme. "Scoops" is a two page spread of science news and discoveries. One story might be on a robotic arm, another on the acquisition of language in sac-winged bats. "Nestor's Dock" is a double page cartoon with enjoyable recurring characters. Each issue also has a contest which ties in with the theme. The water issue asks readers to design a fountain, the learning issue requests that readers design a school, and an art issue invites readers to copy their favorite work of art. Winners have their entries printed in a future issue. "Jimmy and the Bug" is another regular feature. Here, readers questions are answered in cartoon format. Questions might appear simple, "Why do lions have manes?" or more complex, " what are the rings around planets made of?" Answers are both thoughtful and informative. Every issue ends with the silly but sweet cartoon, "Marvin and Friends", on the back cover.

The "Making Art" issue of Ask includes a lovely piece on quilting traditions in rural Alabama. Many beautiful photos of quilts are displayed alongside comments from their creators. In the same edition, "Playing with Mud" showcases delicate Korean celadon pottery.

"The Liquid of Life" issue of Ask has a fascinating story on water. It covers the water cycle, water forms, a water molecule diagram, and gorgeous photographs of a water droplet, snowflake, and children and animals in various poses with rain and snow.
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147 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Grade Teacher Review December 7, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Ask is an informative, high quality magazine for children that engages them as readers and learners. Since each issue is devoted to a particular theme, my students gain indepth information about a variety of topics. They are fascinated by the attractive format -- which includes wonderful photographs, illustrations, and graphic aids that are appropriate for young readers. My students have eagerly written letters to the editor and entered the bi-monthly contests. I highly recommend Ask as an excellent magazine for school libraries, classrooms, and homes.
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY April 28, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
A magazine my children love as much as I do!!! We homeschool and love to plan lessons around all the fun articles and recommended activities. My children look forward to each and every copy. And guess what??? NO ADS!!!
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos, Great Articles, GREAT MAGAZINE!!! December 6, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I bought Ask for my 8 year old son. I think I am as excited as he is when a new one arrives. It is very educational and brings out a little explorer in all of us. You will be so glad you bought Ask. They don't teach this stuff in school. My son wants to be a scientist when he grows up, now.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, real science delivered in a kid's magazine January 21, 2011
By jtk
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The Cricket Magazine Group produces a number of high-quality, no nonsense magazines for kids. Ask is just one terrific example in their lineup. If your child enjoyed Click, a magazine from the same group in a similar vein for 3 to 6 year olds, they are very likely to enjoy Ask. If they didn't enjoy Click, you might give Ask a try anyway. It is meant for 6 to 9 year olds, however some of the content is, perhaps surprisingly, relatively mature for the younger ages so they may get a lot more out of it you don't just give it to them and walk away. That may of course be true for most serious material designed for children in this age bracket.

From a recent issue, allow me to demonstrate with a story about how size influences seemingly super power ability, or not. They setup the educational part of the article very playfully: `So what are these rules that stop us from having super powers? They aren't rules made by humans that you can disobey, like "no ice cream until you eat your broccoli."' Many stories weaves kid-friendly language and serious concepts like that. This one goes on to say, `How much food and air bodies need depends on their volume and weight. But the strength of muscles and size of organs depend on the body's cross section.' Out of context, that last sentence may seem too sophisticated a concept for 6 year olds, but it's marvelously done, not talking down to kids, but reaching them in a way they can understand.

Each issue is about 30 pages. There are no ads. There are short recurring cartoon strips, short stories, even shorter one or two paged theme-based "Scoops" and a Contest and Letters section. The contributions from other kids around the globe is a great part of this magazine and may help motivate your children as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine
High Quality magazine. Nine year old likes it a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Critic
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Young for Typical 3rd Grader
I got this for my daughter who is exiting third and will be going into fourth. From the reviews I read, it would be perfect for her age group but it was too young.
Published 2 months ago by Faith Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Excellent publication. My kids love reading it. Very well written and excellent varied topics. I highly recommend it for kids who are learning to read.
Published 2 months ago by JPBB
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
My 8 year old grandson loves it. So do his parents. Facts for informative dinner conversation.
An easy present by mail and it lasts all year.
Published 3 months ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL magazine!
I purchased this subscription specifically for a student at school...he LOVES it!
There are many many interesting facts, articles, pictures..ect.
He is 11 yrs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Happy Mom!!!
1.0 out of 5 stars Delivery handling
On January 4th, I deliberately ordered two subscriptions of Ask to be delivered to my home address to be given as gifts to two brothers. The first subscription arrived on time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jozie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine for my 10 yr old
Really, this should be my son's review. He really liked the first issue. Read it cover to cover.

Only problem I ran into was that the first issue was addressed to my ex... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute magazine
I subscribed to this for my 6yr old son. Some of the verbiage and the names of animals can be a bit overwhelming but my son loves this magazine. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. Ahmed
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay on quality, short on quantity
There is not enough information in each magazine to keep a bright, fast-reading fourth grader interested for long enough to justify the price. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Enkimoz
2.0 out of 5 stars my kids love Nat Geo and Highlights-- surprised they didn't like this
Not sure what the deal is, but they didn't like it. Also they said it had lots of ads!? Not worth the money.
Published 8 months ago by me
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is this magazine good for a two yr old
Probably not. It is geared towards a 6 to 9 year-old. The one in the company's line up you may want to consider is Babybug.
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