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The Way Things Work Paperback – May 6, 2004

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About the Author

David Macaulay's book 'The Way Things Work', first published in 1998, had huge success winning numerous awards including The Times Education Senior Supplement Senior Information Book Award. Born in the UK. David now lives in Boston.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; 2nd edition (May 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405302380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405302388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy VINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
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The Way Things Work is a charming, illustrated guide to the physical world for those of us who are both curious and a bit undereducated. The charm comes from Maccaulay's illustrations and his adorable choice of mammoths (that's right, mammoths) as the foils for the slightly jocular explanations.

Most of the explanations are good, a few are downright ingenious. It's true that a couple of examples, particularly those about optics are a bit rushed and may leave the reader as confused as ever.

The best use of this book is to offer it on those occasions when small, discrete nibbles of reading are in order. So it's perfect in the waiting room of a doctor's office or the guest room in your home. Note that there are used copiesThe Way Things Work that are so cheap that it would be a pity not to give a few away.

Lynn Hoffman author of the delectable novel bang BANG: A Novel
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A classic. I think it's important to demystify the world for kids, and this helps them engage with their world in a curious way. The way this book is illustrated helps them go as deep or as broad into a topic as they want. Let's help the next generation with those future STEM careers!
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My kids and I love this book. There are a few sections that need a update and I'd like to see more recent technology added, but hey what can say, it's funny and informative!

I also I wish it were available in hardcover!
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Kids of all ages can enjoy this book. Whether it is used for bedtime reading, reference or preparing a school project this book is fun to use and the directions are accurate.
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