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Crazy Concoctions

A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures

Crazy Concoctions

Written by Jordan D. Brown
Illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Hardcover with Jacket | 8 x 10 | 80 Pages | All-Color
February 2012 | Imagine
Age Range: 8 and up
Carton Quantity: HC 28
ISBN 13: 978-1-936140-51-0

$14.95 (US)


ISBN 13: 978-1-60734-093-5

$9.99 (US)

Kids—Explore your inner mad scientist by making your house into your laboratory.

It's loads of fun. This collection of terrific (and safe) experiments will have you creating marvelous messes, making awesome discoveries, and shouting, "Aww! Cool!" when you observe some of the craziest chemical reactions around. After all, what could be more entertaining than playing with icky-slicky stuff, going gas-tastic, getting totally gross, and cooking up some really weird incredible edibles? Along with having a great time, though, every kid will also find out the real science behind why some combinations fizz and foam, and others morph into glooey glop. You'll become wizards of ooze who also find amazing ways to whip up a wacky liquid that changes color, a pool of gloop with cornstarch, and yucky mixtures of gelatinous bogus barf or fake blood with fruit punch and coloring. And imagine making a sculpture in slime—what a masterpiece! You'll find all that here . . . and much more.

Cartoon illustrations throughout add to the amusement, and in addition to the experiments there are fascinating notes on incredible but important accidents in chemistry; fantastic facts; guidance on talking like a scientist; and of course, advice on safety and when to have adult supervision. So, whether you are mixing a muck milk shake or creating the slimiest, gooeyist mess you can imagine, you are guaranteed to have a blast.

Jordan D. Brown has written award-winning books, articles, and websites for children, teachers, and parents. His clients include Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, TIME for Kids, and Thirteen/WNET. His nonfiction work includes Robo World, a biography of a robot designer (Joseph Henry Press, 2005); his children's fiction includes Just Kidding! (2001) and Animal E.R. (1999). Brown has written science articles, games, and humorous songs about astronomy, paleontology, marine biology, and much more for the American Museum of Natural History's kids website, OLogy. Brown has also served as Educational Consultant for a variety of preschool children's shows, including The Mr. Men Show (Cartoon Network), Dinosaur Train (PBS), My Friend Rabbit (NBC), and Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (Nickelodeon).