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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). Review

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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  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: Cricket Media
  • ASIN: B00006FXOV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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336 of 337 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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92 of 92 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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163 of 170 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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122 of 127 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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55 of 55 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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5.0 out of 5 stars ASK magazine at the lowest price
Our 8 year old grandson has enjoyed ASK this past year. He started with Odyssey, but Cricket Media merged it with ASK. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Beth Haugeto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by JUNO MONETA
1.0 out of 5 stars The magazine may be good. This was a gift subscription for my neice
The magazine may be good. This was a gift subscription for my neice. The poor review is because I placed the order on May 2nd and she did not receive the first one until August... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kellie Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of scientific facts
I purchased this for my 10-year-old grandson - and he likes it, a lot. Very factual articles that are broken down so he can understand them at his age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by writerinwv
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
daughter loves this magazine.
Published 1 month ago by ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Granddaughter loves it
Published 1 month ago by M. Hatalovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for him
My grand son has loved this magazine for several years. We are now moving to the next level MUSE.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Schnyder
5.0 out of 5 stars ask me again...
Are you kidding me? How did I not ever know about these magazines before? Love the art, variety of stories and diversity of interests. Great job CricketMedia!
Published 3 months ago by Christen S.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
too expensive and the service is not good
Published 5 months ago by Jina Im
2.0 out of 5 stars Magazine looks like a hit
Magazine looks like a hit, but took 18 weeks for subscription to start. I forgot I had even ordered it more than 4 months ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Haller
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Ask or MUSE?
It's seem kind of late to answer this question :) I think there're 2 ways to figure out which one is better: take your little one to the library, I think they got almost all kind of magazine there, both you and your girl can read and choose the one she like most. The second way is looking up... Read More
14 days ago by Duc |  See all 2 posts
Ok for 5 year old?
My kids enjoyed Click when they were 5 and both are very bright (tested gifted in elementary school). The articles in Click are aimed a level that a younger child would enjoy. I tried going up to the next level magazine for my oldest (from Spider to Cricket I believe) before he was actually in... Read More
Mar 20, 2015 by Elisabeth Orr |  See all 2 posts
How many issues?
9 issues.
Dec 26, 2014 by Wendy |  See all 2 posts
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.
Dec 1, 2013 by jtk |  See all 3 posts
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