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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011:
"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day. Go ahead, break a few dishes in the washing machine, see the humor and enjoy this fine poke at every science fair that ever was."

About the Author

JENNY OFFILL is the author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, and 11 Experiments That Failed, also a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called “the most joyful and clever whimsy.”

NANCY CARPENTER is the illustrator of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill, called "picture-perfect" in a starred review by School Libary Journal; Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming; Apples to Oregon, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and Fannie in the Kitchen, both by Deborah Hopkinson; Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye, winner of the Jane Addams Picture Book Award; and Masai and I by Virginia Kroll. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 53725th edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375847626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375847622
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Question: Can first graders be introduced to the scientific method in a way that is engaging and fun? Hypothesis: Yes, first graders can! What you need: "11 Experiments That Failed" by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. What to do: 1. Read this book aloud. 2. Watch what first graders do next. What happened: For the rest of the afternoon, my twin first graders proceeded to design their own zany experiments with whatever household objects they could think of. And just like the girl in the book, they recorded their hypothesis, what you need, what to do and what happened. As a scientist and engineer by training, I could not have asked for a better introduction to the scientific method for elementary age kids. My personal favorite from the book: "Can a washing machine wash dishes?" Hypothesis: Yes! What happened? (in the protagonist's own words): "Broken dishes. Broken washing machine. Ran away to live in bathroom."
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This book will have you giggling from beginning to end! But do be warned that the book should NOT be read without that all important, ever heeded parental lecture which typically begins: "Now, do NOT do ANY of these experiments yourself. It's JUST a book, darling." Yup. After you read this, hopefully, the kids won't have a desire to repeat the experiments! For seriously silly fun, this book is well worth the buy! I give it 5 stars!
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The author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do comes up with another list book. This time, our main character shows all the experiments she tried that failed, cleverly revealing in the process the quirky quality of children's thinking. Absolutely delightful.

"Question:
What makes fungus grow?

Hypothesis:
If left in a closet, food will rot and become a colorful fungus garden.

What You Need:
Brother's shoes
Bread and cheese
Water

What to Do:
1. Place food inside shoes.
2. Sprinkle with water.
3. Hide shoes in back of closet.
4. Return in two weeks.

What Happened:
Experiment is still under way." (Accompanying drawing shoes a tennis shoe with mushrooms growing out of it.)
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I guess I can't believe how many people disliked this book and its companion book. I think that shows why so many kids lose their creativity. Kids know that this book is for fun and not to be taken seriously even if adults don't. Every elementary teacher I've shown this book to has written down the author and title so that he or she could buy it for the classroom. This little girl thinks up scientific problems, and she uses the scientific method to test them. It is a hilarious book! This little girl is one of the most creative people I've ever seen, and I hope she doesn't lose it because she does experiments that shouldn't have been done in the first place. Your child will know the difference and will love this book.
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11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter is good for children 1st grade and up. This book is about a girl who does silly experiments such as taking her brother's shoe and trying to grow fungus in it. I would recommend this book for children who like to laugh and who like science. By Mandy age 10.
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Who said science couldn’t be fun. Presented here are eleven curious experiments that will capture the imagination of child and adult alike. Following the scientific method, questions that have engaged youngsters from time immemorial are put to the test. Hypotheses are generated, materials and methods accurately described, observations listed, and finally conclusions generated. How would the body react to a diet of snow and ketchup, with the subsequent discovery of brain freeze. Try testing whether a piece of bologna will fly like a frisbee, or if a washing machine can wash dishes, or check if a bottled message flushed down a toilet will reach a foreign land. Children will laugh hysterically at the antics of the young scientists, especially at the outcomes of their investigations. The descriptions will ignite mischievous imaginations as the descriptions invite children to explore all those unknowns that mystify them. Enriching the text are the wonderful whimsical drawings of the young scientists as they seriously delve into the science investigations. Parents, take heed that the youngster follow his whim within the limits of sanity. Perhaps now is the time to stock up on rubber gloves and safety glasses.
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Oh my goodness!! I wouldn't have picked up this book because the cover art didn't really grab my attention, but when another parent in our school's book fair started busting out laughing as she was reading it, I had to go check it out.

What a riot!!! This work of art is a classic! I pointed it out to many of the teachers in our elementary school and encouraged them to start reading it, and nearly all of them purchased it - after giggling at the antics of the little "scientist" inside.

Okay, so parents & teachers like it, but what about the kids? BINGO! My 9 year old son was enthralled and laughed out loud over and over again. After reading it, he still brings up some of his favorites of the goofy experiments. The same went for many of the kids at our book fair.

This isn't a book for little kids, but rather ~ 2nd - 5th grade. Those who are struggling to come up with creative Science Fair experiments will get a kick out of this one.
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