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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740768743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740768743
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cy Tymony has been creating homemade inventions since childhood. He has appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC's Chicago Morning Show, and NPR's Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and he has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and Future Life magazine. Cy is a technical writer and computer specialist in Los Angeles, California.

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Cy Tymony has created his homemade inventions since he was a kid. His imagination and innovative way at looking at the world continues today as a technical writer and computer network specialist in the Los Angeles area. He has appeared on CNN and NPR, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and U.S. News & World Report.

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend any of the books in this series for kids with inquisitive minds.
Shea
I read MAKE magazine and I suppose I was looking for something along those lines when I ordered this book.
SimplyPut
You can really make thing from this book, really nice reading, and a lot of things to learn and do.
Ron

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By rspsy on May 27, 2011
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This is the third in the "Sneaky" series. Being the third in a series there are two ways to go. One way is to write whole new content thus adding to a series. Or the tack this author takes, repeat most of what is covered in the first two editions with minor updating on most of the projects.

The biggest update to this book came in the material at the end of the book on making a "Spy Jacket." This project was introduced in Sneaker Uses. It is elaborated on in this volume with several additions and updates to the first suggestions. It should be noted that if you are going to the air port, TSA will probably want to do enhanced screening if you are wearing or place this item in the x-ray machine to be scanned.

Never the less, it offers some fun things to do with 5 to 10 year olds.

Don't waist your money on Sneaky or Sneakier. Sneakiest has all the content from the first two versions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ramona on July 1, 2008
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As someone who's never been too adept at science or really enjoyed it all that much, I got my first taste of sincere, scientific satisfaction when I swallowed up Sneakiest Uses. These little projects are so simple, and they work! Now I find I'm curious about the inner-workings of all kinds of things, and I'm just hoping my boyfriend doesn't catch me taking apart the microwave.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Wilkinson on December 30, 2009
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This review is for all three books in this series. The first note is they are clearly written for the 13 year old and under crowd. For them, it should stimulate the creative scientific gene in them, and open their imaginations to harmless scientific experimentation. So if there is a young burgeonoing, tinkering youngster in your life, these books could be the spark to spur them into some educational fun.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2008
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My husband got the first book a while back for himself, but wasn't disappointed when he found it was a better book for our kids, so I got this one just to top out my last order for free shipping. I'm glad I did.
It's as good as the first one, with a lot of simple and non-intimidating projects for the beginning maker, and a lot of them are done with things you can find around the house easily, or ask your friends for.
Like the first book, a lot of the projects have room for improvement, which I think is a great thing, it inspires people to think a little more, to mess around a bit, and see what they can come up with, and feel like they really did something themselves. My 13 yo daughter likes it a lot, and we've planned on trying some of the projects together.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SimplyPut on January 28, 2010
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Simply put, this book is meant to put first graders to sleep. The projects are simple, impractical, and boring. How do you create a "sneaky" mini-boomerang out of cardboard? Cut a "V" out of the cardboard and there you go! Plainly uninformative. How do you create a robot? 4 ice cube trays, 12 Pringles containers, and an electric clock. That's not science!

I read MAKE magazine and I suppose I was looking for something along those lines when I ordered this book. Based on the title, I ordered the book as a gift for a kid, but never gave it. It was just a disappointment. Just because you put "sneaky" in front of a word, like oragami or jacket, does not make it so.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brazil on January 8, 2008
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Teenage son loves this kind of stuff and this book was no exception. He said lots of this was already available online or in class, but likes having it all in one place that he can read away from webaccess/class
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugenie V. Myers on January 4, 2012
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I ordered all three of these books for my oldest grandson. He and his friends have been having the best time with them. I may be banished from the kingdom for ordering them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John R. Lupien on November 25, 2011
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These projects are fun ways to demonstrate certain interesting
principles. Some of the scientific background presented is not
exactly correct, maybe it's an attempt to make things sound
simple but it seems a bit too far to go to me if that's the case.
More complete and less misleading explanations would have improved this
book for me.
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