Monday, October 10, 2011

5 Outstanding Nonfiction Books by Helaine Becker

I have discovered an author of nonfiction books I really like. Her name is Helaine Becker and she writes really fun books about all kinds of things. Here are 5 of her books. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Magic Up Your Sleeve
The chapter titles will give you an idea of the kinds of magic you’ll find in this book.
  • Optical Illusions
  • Read Their Minds
  • Science Stunners
  • Math Magic
  • Show-Stopping Science
  • Magician’s Survival Guide
Each chapter has 2 to 6 magic tricks, plus a couple of pages of inside magic information: how magic works, some magic history and magic facts. The book concludes with tips for your first magic shows.

Science on the Loose: Amazing Activities and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe
There are 36 activities and experiments in this book that are based on science. Here are a few:
  • Made You Blink (reflexes)
  • Charting Belly Buttons (innie or outie?)
  • Mystery Gene Hunt (Does your tongue curl?)
  • Kick the Can Ice Cream (make your own!)
  • The Magically Reappearing Ghost (a little creepy)
  • Goo…Goop…Glop (Are they liquids? Are they solids?)
If you like science, or even if you don't, these are some pretty cool activities.

Mother Goose Unplucked
Take everything you know about fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and Mother Goose and turn it into twisted fun! You’ll find:
  • Riddles
  • Wacky fairy tale re-tells
  • Activities
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Tongue Twisters
  • More

Like a Pro:101 Simple Ways to do Really Important Stuff
Ever wondered how to
  • Make a speech?
  • Draw a cartoon dog?
  • Change a bike tire?
  • Spin a basketball on your finger?
  • Make recycled paper?
  • Decode text messages?
  • Survive a family car trip?
  • Blow the world’s largest bubble?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this book is for you!

Funny Business
Are you a funny person? Do you like to make people laugh? Do you wish you were good at making people laugh? This book is for you! It's full of inside information on the business of being funny. The chapter list will give you an idea of what this book is all about.
  • The Lowdown on Laughter
  • Stand-Up Comedy
  • Clowning Around
  • Practical Jokes
  • Comic Strips and Cartoons
Reading this book will definitely help you be a funnier person!

Here are some more books that were written by Helaine Becker. They’re definitely on my check-out list!
  • Boredom Blasters
  • Are You Psychic?
  • Secret Agent Y.O.U.
  • The Insecto-Files
  • What's the Big Idea?
  • The Loony Bay All-Stars Series

I love it when I find an author I really like. Who are some of your favorite authors? Write them in the Comments box!

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