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Basher Science: Biology: Life As We Know It Hardcover – December 7, 2010

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Grade 3–8—One page each is devoted to entries covering diverse topics from mitochondria, bacteria, and amphibians to T cells, chlorophyll, and fruit. Entries classify the item, highlight three important points, provide a sassy description, and conclude with three interesting facts. The bold and colorful Japanese-influenced graphics anthropomorphize scientific components, adding to the title's appeal for young readers or older reluctant readers trying to get a handle on the basics of biology. A lot of information, some basic and some quite advanced, is introduced, and the book is therefore a bit more unwieldy than Adrian Dingle's The Periodic Table (2007) and Green's Physics (2008, both Kingfisher). However, it is a fun, albeit brief, introduction to a vast topic.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"I love science... It's great to see a book making it accessible for young children. Science should be fun." Damien Hirst "An engrossing read" New Scientist "...the look is punchy, immediate and effective. The content is equally gripping." The Guardian "This blending of science and art is pure genius. No budding chemist should be seen without this vital accessory." "This illustrated pocket-sized guide is a creative bombshell and will transform the way you think." Times Educational Supplement "Brilliantly simplified information" Dina Rabinovitch, The Guardian (online)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Basher Science
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Har/Pstr edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753466228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753466223
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J Schafluetzel on May 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
My son LOVES the Basher books! So, why the warning? Let's just say that if you aren't ready to face the barrage of embarrassing questions from school staff about your child's sudden interest in sperm and vagina's, you might not be ready to unleash the Basher Biology book into their collection. With it's cartoon depiction of a racecar inspired sperm complete with a vibrant flamejob and the awkwardly hilarious description "A little squirt who wants to meet Egg," you can be sure that for the foreseeable future, that is ALL your child will want to talk about!

Now, I'm not saying it's a bad book. Like all of the Basher books, it is an entertaining way to introduce educational concepts to young readers. The writing style and art direction are particularly great for a 7-10 year old. I am just letting you know if you aren't entirely ready to discuss this particular subject with your young learner, then you will likely be that much less prepared to discuss it with his/her school staff!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have good news for fans of the quirky kid's guide to chemistry, "The Periodic Table, Elements with Style". Kingfisher Publishing has produced two related books, which cover biology and physics. The artist known simply as Basher has teamed up with a new writing partner, Dan Green. These pocket sized guidebooks are captivating and make a real impression on kids. Because the books are formatted in the same way, I am reviewing them together.

Both books have about 120 pages plus a glossary. The left hand page usually has a topic, a few bullet points on it, and two paragraphs presenting information from the point of view of the topic. Each subject has it's own personality and the right hand page has a personified illustration of that subject. In the Biology book, Sperm, for instance, says, "I'm a little guy with a big job." For those who wish to consider the appropriateness of the books for younger children, he does get a bit more specific. "I Start out in one of the two testes, a man's sperm factories, and travel upstream towards the penis... If everything is going swimmingly, I enter a female body and it takes an hour or so to get to Egg." The whimsical cartoony illustration shows a smiling tadpole-like creature wearing sunglasses. There is also a tiny, simplified 1" tall rendering of the male reproductive system. The information on Egg and Baby in Womb is also quite simple but may be upsetting to some. "Biology, Life as We Know It" also contains a small pull out poster of the body systems. Some examples of other topics in the biology book include Skin, Nails, Reptiles, Liver, and Flower.

The physics book is titled, "Physics, Why Matter Matters" and it has definitions of terms like Kinetic Energy, Frequency, Alpha Particle, and Gravity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moira on December 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
My 6-y-o son adores this series and this title has become a special favorite. A previous reviewer criticized the book; indeed, I do not disagree that readers capable of accessing academic texts at the high school level may find this series less than educational. However, this series fills a unique niche of making science fun for visual learners -- and perhaps most importantly, for learners who cannot (like my son, who has autism) yet access such topics without the lure of interesting graphic art and short, easily-recalled descriptions.

Other titles (like The Periodic Table) do not suffer from such criticism as the Pokemon-like illustrations may indeed prove a memory aid even for facile readers.

This book and its sister volumes are a tremendous value for young readers as well as adults who would like to encourage exploration in science themes as well as help de-mystify often out-of-reach concepts for those readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By guitar geek on December 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
This review applies to MOST of the Basher books as they all seem to share the same mix of excellence and failure.

First, these books are GREAT in that they present some of the terminology/jargon of the subject matter in a way that seems to interest small children! (in my experience, ages 4-7 seems about right) This is actually a BIG DEAL, as the books reliably deal in wonderfully important subjects. For this, I highly recommend them and thank the authors and publishers for their effort!

However... there are two ways in which I find these books to be terribly disappointing:

1) The attempts to make each entry clever and fun raise the effective reading level high above the target audience. Clever puns and delightfully descriptive diatribes do not go over so well with young children just beginning to read. My six year old is completely ready for the subject matter, but struggles to the point of giving up (!!) trying to manage the prose.

2) IMHO, the attempts at fun language and clever characterizations often work to obscure the simplicity of the subject matter at hand. As a scientist who understands many of the concepts under discussion, I often find myself marveling at how these descriptions express an opaque and incomprehensible version of what are fundamentally simple ideas.


Basher Guys... I LOVE what you are trying to do. IMHO, if you can find a way to simplify the prose, and not let "characterizations" get in the way of "simple explanations", then you will be changing the WORLD!!

So despite my reservations... BUY THESE BOOKS!... I think that as long as they use it to try to do better, these guys have TOTALLY earned our income!!
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