Gr. 4^-7. Children familiar with Nye's TV show will probably be disappointed by the graphics used to illustrate this book, which are certainly nothing special and sometimes nothing more than decoration. A sampling of the content, however, yields a different story. Nye delivers a wealth of clearly explained science, plus a sense of his own pleasant television personality. A question heads up each four-page section, which comprises a discussion of important terms and principles related to one of several science disciplines (biology, geology, physics, etc.) and an easy-to-perform experiment. Nye's conversational tone will delight readers who associate science with dry recitations of fact, and his dedication to fitting science into everyday experience makes his book a welcome change of pace. A glossary is appended. Stephanie Zvirin
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