Caramel loves reading books about real things, and he especially loves learning about how things work. Today’s book, from National Geographic Kids, is just up his alley: How Things Work by T. J. Resler. As usual Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel you got your nose into another big book about real things!
Caramel: Yes, exactly.
S: Tell me what this book is about.
C: It’s about how things work, as you can tell by the cover.
S: Yes. What kinds of things though?
C: Things like hoverbikes and hoverboards. Tablets, bionic arms, thermoses, and invisibility cloaks! Tractor beams…
S: Wait, invisibility cloaks? Tractor beams? Are those things real?
C: No, they are just theoretical. And they are not really invisibility cloaks but cloaking devices.
S: Hmm, so the book is about inventions, both real and fantastical, right?
C: Yes. They are really cool.
S: And I thought the chapter titles were quite fun. Can you tell us some of them?
C: There is one called “Beaming Up”. And another called “Home Where The Fridge Is”. There is “School of Cool”, and “Extreme Fun”, and some others.
S: Which is your favorite thing that you read about in this book?
C: My favorite is in the chapter called “Caught in the Tractor!” There is a picture of an alien ship in a section called “Think Big”.
S: Is that a real alien ship? I did not know we had alien visitors!
C: No it’s just a picture. An artist’s imagination.
S: Hmm, so what do you like about this particular page?
C: The picture of the alien ship is cool. But the section is about tractor beams, something we see a lot in Star Trek. Apparently a gigawatt in laser energy would totally vaporize a baseball. That’s basically a phaser, like in Star Trek.
S: Okay, how is that related to tractor beams?
C: It would be able to move the thing, but then it would also totally vaporize it too.
S: So there is a lot in this book about Star Trek science?
C: Not exactly, but I like Star Trek so I am telling you things about Star Trek in the book. There are also a lot of real things.
S: Like what?
C: Like fridges, space ships, microwave ovens, thermoses, and photocopy machines. And we learn about Elon Musk. He is an engineer and apparently he read a whole encyclopedia when he was a child.
S: Hmm, do you ever read an encyclopedia Caramel?
C: No, not really.
S: Well, we do often check out Wikipedia, and that is kind of like an encyclopedia, right?
C: I guess so. But I like reading real books with pictures, and learning about how things work.
S: And this book has a lot of pictures. Every one of its two hundred pages has at least one picture and there are pages which have only pictures. So it is a great book to read if you like to see what you are reading about.
C: Yes, there is a full-page picture of a dog drinking from the toilet bowl. The dog says “hmm, that’s the stuff!”
S: So the book is also quite funny, it sounds like.
C: Well kind of, but I like it more for the facts.
S: Okay, so tell me three words or phrases to describe this book.
C: Full of facts, colorful pictures, useful.
S: Great! This is a good place to wrap up this review. What do you want to tell our readers Caramel?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!