- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: DK Children; Ina Nov edition (Oct. 27 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1465440127
- ISBN-13: 978-1465440129
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2.9 x 28.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How Machines Work: Zoo Break! Hardcover – Oct 27 2015
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"Youngsters will be eager to get their hands on this simply amazing book." — Booklist (Starred Review)
"Expertly blending comedy with a substantive look at physics and mechanics." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"With much use of flaps, pop-ups, and inset booklets, the author expands on the comical plotline with glimpses of construction machinery, hydraulics, and several types of levers in action." — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"…a vivid interactive introduction to simple scientific principles all neatly wrapped up in a story." — TheGuardian.com
"This ingenious, entertaining, sturdily built book is sure to get the wheels turning for young engineers-in-the-works." — Shelf Awareness for Readers
"As robust and inviting a physical book as you can possibly get." — The New York Times Book Review
"Illustrated with humor and affection…easily keeps the reader's attention." — BoingBoing.net
"In today's STEM-centric world, it can be difficult to sift through all the available STEM books and find the perfect introductory text for children… How Machines Work: Zoo Break! does just that." — The Children's Book Review
About the Author
Caldecott Medal award winner and MacArthur fellow David Macaulay has illustrated and written over 25 books for children. His most famous work includes The Way Things Work and Cathedral. His illustrations have been featured in popular, nonfiction books combining text and illustrations explaining architecture, design, and engineering.
From the Publisher
Can you succeed where Sloth and Sengi failed, by launching them over the fence with their new seesaw? Take Sloth and Sengi out of the pocket and slot together the arms at their bases.
Prop the fence up by sliding the arms into the slots provided.
Prepare for takeoff!
Place our heroes on the seesaw, and tap, flick, or slap the other side to send them over the pop-up fence.
The Complex Machine
Sengi's latest plan is his most ambitious by far. A huge wooden contraption dominates the enclosure shown on this giant pop-up page.
How exactly does it work?
To find out, explore the page to see how these simple machines combine.
Lift the flaps!
Follow the numbered arrows, lifting flaps as you go. How many simple machines can you count along the way?
More Interactive, Pop-Up Fun!
Not quite plain sailing
Sloth and Sengi start piling whatever they can find from their enclosure against the fence. They're almost done when Sloth takes an unscheduled nap. Sengi is about to wake him when he realizes that Sloth's sleeping body has formed the last section of the inclined plane. Freedom is within reach! He leaps up onto Sloth's head...
Open the pop-up and—
The sudden movement causes the pile to collapse. Sloth and Sengi are buried in an avalanche of stuff. The noise alerts the zookeeper, who is not happy—he's the one who has to clean it up!
A book inside a book!
Sengi sees a book lying in the dirt just outside of the enclosure. One of the workmen must have left it behind. He reaches through the fence, grabs the book, and starts leafing through the pages.
Wheels, Pulleys, and Complex Machines
Wheel and Axle
A wheel and axle consists of a disk (the wheel) with a thin cylinder (the axle) attached to its center. When you apply an effort to one, a useful effect is produced at the other.
It's moving day for the zoo's star attraction, and a crane has been hired for the occasion. Cranes are complex machines that use pulleys, and a number of other devices, to lift very heavy loads, such as Sloth and Sengi's new neighbor.
Sengi realizes that the bicycle is made up of a few simple machines working together to make a complex machine. A bicycle uses screws, levers, wheels and axles, and gears to make getting around easier, faster, and safer.
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But that is not all that you will find in the book… You will also read how their ideas can help them, how simple mechanisms are easy to make and that we use them day to day, and how they fail to be free (in a way). Also you will discover tabs to lift, a leverage to play with, pop-up sections and much more which makes the book even more interesting to explore and learn from.
I find this book to be a breath of fresh air when in comes to learning something like simple machines. It is fun, quirky, out-of-the-ordinary, and simply easy to read. The kids won’t be the only one enjoying the adventures of Sloth and Sengi because mom and dad can also read it.
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I can't wait to give this book to my son, and I hope he will enjoy reading and flipping the pages as much as I did!
P.s. - there's even a page that explains simple levers and lets the reader build a simple lever from the page inserts and launch things over a pop-up fence. So the reader can actually attempt and use the same machine that is being used by the characters in the Zoo that are trying to escape.
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