NANO: THE SPECTACULAR SCIENCE OF THE VERY (VERY) SMALL, by Jess Wade and Melissa Castrillón, Candlewick, Sept. 15, 2021, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 6-9)
Physicist Jess Wade explains how everything is made from something in Nano: The Spectacular Science of The Very (Very) Small.
Nano: The Spectacular Science of The Very (Very) Small introduces readers to the tiny building blocks that make up the world around us. Friendly text and illustrations explain atoms, the elements, and other essential science concepts and reveal how very (very) small materials are manipulated to create self-washing windows; stronger, lighter airplanes; and other wonders of nanotechnology. Further explanation in the back matter gives more detail about various scientists’ roles and the tools they use. —Synopsis provided by Candlewick
There’s a lot to like about Nano: The Spectacular Science of The Very (Very) Small. Not only is it full of compelling information that children and adults will like, but that information is presented in a fun and accessible way.
Author Jess Wade starts out by making things relatable. For example, the book is made out of paper because it’s the right material for the job. But to find out why a material is light, heavy, strong or flexible, you need to look closer. From there, Wade introduces atoms and elements and how they combine to become nanomaterials.
Though Wade’s tone is perfect for kids, Nano: The Spectacular Science of The Very (Very) Small would not be successful without Melissa Castrillón’s pencil and digitally colored illustrations. These bright and engaging drawings help put nanoscience into context.
Nano: The Spectacular Science of The Very (Very) Small is a fascinating read that should appeal to curious readers young and old.
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