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Book Review I have been taking part in the Young Person’s Book Prize this year which involved myself and 5 other pupils from Year 9 had to read and judge six Science books. I have found all of these books very interesting but I have to say my favourite book was “How the Weather Works” by Christiane Dorion. I particularly liked this book because I felt that it had a very good mix between pictures and text (there was an even amount of each) as the text was supported by good diagrams and the diagrams complimented the text effectively. It was very informative, but at the same time it was an enjoyable read as it had attractive visuals to it, which kept me engaged. Also, each topic was very well explained and it was written in a way that young readers could relate to as the words weren’t too complex for them (me) and the topic was laid out very well in an understandable, structured manner. I think that the 3D animations (Pop ups), pull-tabs and the flaps of information it had were great! The 3D image of the subject helped me to connect to the topic in my mind and the flaps helped get the information across but make it appealing and intriguing at the same time .I also thought the 3D animations (Pop ups) and the flaps of information helped engage me as it helped make me want to read on and read the rest of the book. Overall this book was excellent because it was uniquely interactive and visually stimulating. This helped me understand the concepts the book was trying to get across and remember them. The main concept it was trying to get across was about the world’s weather, tackling both normal and extreme scenarios. With the others books I felt that: •

Some didn’t have enough images (e.g. “Out of this world: All the cool bits about space” by Clive Gifford).

Some didn’t have enough information (“See inside: Inventions” by Alex Frith and Pox and Pestilence by Richard Platt).

Some repeated information repeatedly (“The magic of reality” by Richard Dawkins).

However all these books had their good point’s as well: •

“Out of this World: All the cool Bits about Space” by Clive Gifford was very informative and I liked the way it was set out due to the fact that it was very structured.

“See inside: Inventions” by Alex Frith had great visuals (Images and flaps of information) which kept me engaged as I was reading through the book and the information that it did have in there, was very interesting and educational.

“The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins had great visuals, even though they were not 3D as they were very engaging and I liked the myths that were at the beginning of each chapter as they introduced the topic well.

“Plagues Pox and Pestilence” by Richard Platt had good visuals that kept me engaged but I felt that there wasn’t enough information and it could have gone into depth about the topic a little more as it was all very basic and some information I already knew. I also felt that this book was also a little immature by the character they had in it explaining each topic.

Science Book Review at Langley School  

Zahrah Ilahi's review for the National Science Book Prize

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