The Everyday Workings of Machines

How machines work, from toasters and trains to hovercrafts and robots - Includes close-ups, cutaways, and cross sections!

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Pub Date 20 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 21 Oct 2020

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How does a train stay on the tracks? What’s going on inside a pogo stick? How do cranes work? And what happens when you flush a toilet?
These and many more important questions are answered in this fascinating book. From toasters and telephones to hovercrafts and robots – the inner workings of machines big and small are brought to light using a stunning mix of cross-sections, close-ups and cutaways. 

How does a train stay on the tracks? What’s going on inside a pogo stick? How do cranes work? And what happens when you flush a toilet?
These and many more important questions are answered in this...

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My son is obsessed with machines, so I knew I had to request this book right away! He's a bit young for it (3), but I can still see him enjoying the bright colorful pictures and simple explanations, even if he doesn't really understand them yet! I love how this book shows all the different machines we use each day, from scissors to the Large Hadron Collider. I can see children spending a lot of time enjoying this book and looking at the world around them in a totally new way!

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I am basically a big dummy and learned so much from this book on how some machines worked. I will be giving this to my kids when they are old enough.

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This is very informative and I actually learned a lot about the mechanisms of different kinds of machines. I think everyone who loves to know how things work and tinker things, no matter what age group, will enjoy reading this book.

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A fantastic look inside the machines we see in our day-to-day lives. Fun, clear illustrations, neatly labeled make for an easy and informative reading experience.

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Such a fun book that not only teaches children some simple physics related to machines, but breaks down machines in cross sections in fun and understandable ways. It gives examples of machines children use or have experience with and some they don't. Big machines and small machines, it covers so many! It will satisfy the curiosity of many inquisitive children.

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This is one I would definitely recommend for any future engineers! Basically within these pages we get the break down of everything from Planes to Pogo Sticks, Toasters to Escalators. With detailed graphs on how and why things work the way they work it leave your littles how have a tendency to ask "WHY" without many more questions. Great graphics & perfect for all ages.

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This is a really fun book with basic physics principles and explanations of everyday machines. It includes a variety of household and industrial machines which makes it great for browsing. The graphics are really well done and the descriptions are detailed without being a slog. My 4 year old enjoyed flipping through the pages and talking about what she saw, my older boys are enjoying the text as well. Would recommend adding to a home library, and giving as a gift to any kiddo interested in how things work and the mechanics of everyday objects.

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This is such a great book for curious kids! It answers all those questions about how things work with explanations that are both clear and age-appropriate. For all you homeschooling parents this can tie-in perfectly with your science curriculum!

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I cannot wait to have this book on my shelves! I can already think of all the students who will want to read this book. It has clear, simple explanations of how different machines work. The text is easy to understand is supported by illustrations. The illustrations are engaging and they have stayed away from things that would make this book immediately dated. This will be a very popular book in my library.

Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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This is such an amazing book about how machines work! The Everyday Workings of Machines covers the types of simple machines, and then illustrates and explains the different types of machines you would see at home, at a shopping mall, in the car, in the air, on the sea, in the environment, and more. It offers such a comprehensive list of machines, yet is so readable and easy to understand for kids! My kids and I loved the layout, and the presentation of text accompanying the vibrant illustrations was perfect.

The book also covers robots, construction machines, machines that keep us safe, those that move without fuel, machines at school, trains, & measuring machines among others. I can't wait to purchase a hard copy of this book for my family! It will be such a great reference to look back at again and again.

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Fantastic book for kids on how machines work. It explains things they would encounter in everyday life, both simple like a stapler and more complex like an air conditioner. It also covers things like airplanes, submarines, and robots. The items are explained in easy to understand terms and with great detailed illustrations. The book just seems a little short, at less than 50 pages, but what is there is really good.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Great book. The pictures and diagrams are great. I would love this in a physical copy. Thanks for the digital preview.

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The every day working of machines by Steve Martin is a great educational read for young readers! My children loved this book. The illustrations are great as well.

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This book will be adored by children who want to understand how things work. Their adults will also learn something along the way.

This illustrated title is organized by many different categories. For example, there are Machines that Turn, Machines and Sound, Trains, At School, Machines for Fun, Machines to Keep You Safe and more. There are also suggestions for further reading at the end of the book.

The authors impart a lot of information in this illustrated text. Children will be intrigued to learn about everything from how the toilet works to what makes a thermometer able to take your temperature to what keeps a plane in the air and so much more.

This book is a great resource for inquiring minds!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read and review.

This book is just brilliant! It is perfect for teaching about simple machines and will be sure to engage any child who really wants to know how things work. There are plenty of diagrams and illustrations to help break down the machines into simple parts and explanations. If you have a child in your life that keeps asking 'how' and 'why' this book is perfect!

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The Everyday Workings of Machines book, by Steve Martin, is a great nonfiction book for your upper-level elementary readers. The illustrations are kid-friendly, and the information is one that is simple yet pushes your reader's learning. I loved how the book was divided into different locations such as the mall, home, car, and under the water. I can see lots of readers getting pulled in by the inner workings of machines that we see everywhere. I would highly recommend this book for any reader that loves machines and learning about the systems that make our items go.

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This is a great book for kids, my son loved the illustrations. I definatly want to buy a physical copy for him.

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