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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Paperback

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  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 1473637317
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1473637313
  • Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
  • Dimensions : 9.06 x 0.63 x 12.91 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS BOOK
By B. P. Lyman on April 24, 2019
Please read the other 1-star reviews before buying this book. I bought the book hoping it would help my kids learn about complicated things explained in ways that are easy to understand. This book is NOT that.

It's difficult to express how bad this book is. The drawings look informative and they pull you in, but the associated text is infuriatingly difficult to decipher. For example (describing a feature in a cross section of the earth's surface): "This is white stuff, like what we put on food to make it better". JUST SAY SALT! EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT SALT IS!

"Fire Water" on the same picture is oil I guess? I don't know because it's unnecessarily cryptic and I don't care enough to decipher it from context clues.
Just say oil and maybe we'll all learn something.

(Describing volcanoes, I think) "HOT ROCK MOUNTAIN The rocks that get pushed into the Earth get hot and watery, and some of them come up through holes in the rock above them." WT*? Does watery mean melted into lava? Just say lava.

This book would be fun if you want to guess what the author is describing by using simple words like "MOVIE MAKER DEEP GOER" (maybe some kind of submarine?) but I find it exhausting and the least useful book for my kids.

I hope i can return it. Total waste of money and time.
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Peter Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for young aspiring Scientists!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2017
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marie
1.0 out of 5 stars Because the pages are set up like a comic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2016
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Ashraf Ahmed
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2019
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J. Kavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated things explained in a sometimes even more complicated way!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2016
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