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The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry

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This is a fantastic book and the illustrations are well done too. We love how it is designed and the details within as well. The information is of course educational, but it is fun as well. We recommend it for elementary age and older too. I liked reading it as a family with my elementary and education age sons. They enjoyed it.
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Thank you Workman Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC of this book in return for my honest opinion.

This is a great ‘Children’s’ book for anyone wanting to learn about, or brush up on the elemental table.  Each element is explained with good detail amd relevant historical facts then followed by an experiment.

I found the book fascinating to refresh those long gone Chemistry lessons.
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I didn't try any of the experiments in this book and would be cautious about recommending it to children in school as there was a lot of written information about each of the experiments detailing the concepts covered and I know this might put off a number of children.

I had hoped this book might be more about the actual experiments rather than the theory surrounding them, but this would be a good book for a keen reader who is also interested in science and experiments.
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The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry by Sean Connolly, the master of messy and dangerous (and therefore extra fun!) science, offers readers more than 20 hands-on experiments that introduce kids to chemistry, element by element. It starts with the basics of chemistry,  some history and discovery facts, and experiments that are easy enough to try at home or at school. 

The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry is more about the details and background of chemistry than the experiments that I was looking forward to. While I understand that understanding the science behind he experiments is important- not just for safety but for education.  However, I think that embedding that information into the experiments would be more effective and interesting for readers. The information is well written and understandable, it would be useful in a classroom or homeschooling setting as well as for personal study. I have not contemplated chemistry outside my kitchen for more years than I care to admit, but I still was able to follow the information. 

The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry is a good resource, and offers a good amount of information at a accessible pace. I was disappointed in what I found in the book, but because I was expecting it to be more about the experiments than the periodic table. It is good at what it offers, I was just looking for something different.
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Sadly, I won't be going to finish this book. What I had expected/hoped/wanted was as the cover and blurb promised. EXPERIMENTS. Instead I get mostly a lot of explanation on the period table. Which, yes is nice, but not what I came for. And the experiments weren't at all what I had hoped either. Such a shame. I was looking forward to trying my hand at some fun new experiments with some fun guidelines and photo's, instead I got a few illustrations here and the experiments were mostly the same-old I have seen in other books already.

So nice idea, but maybe not promote this book as experiments only.
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Super fun!

A fantastic collection of entertaining and education experiments!

I voluntarily read an advanced copy.
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