Nick Arnold and Tony de Saulles
19 September 2005
This book, from the Horrible Science series, takes you on a scientific journey, with all the slime and sick left in.
It starts with the universe in its first second, when it was the tiniest thing ever and finishes with the still-expanding universe, which grew about two billion km in the time it took me to read the book.
The book comes with its own tour guides - the shrinking scientists and their pet rabbit Mr Fluffy.
A purple alien slobwormer from the planet Wibble keeps turning up, even though the shrinking scientists don't believe aliens exist.
A money-grabbing detective from New York, MI Gutzache, and his dog Watson, happily allow their bodies to be examined by the shrinking scientists in return for a wad of dollars and some doggie biscuits.
The book also features a crazy count, a puzzled police inspector and a very depressed robot named Tinpot.
In the chapter, Crazy Chemical Chaos, the shrinking scientists dive into a toilet to explore the science of water.
While hunting for a molecule made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (that's water to you and me), one of the scientists accidentally grabs hold of a poo molecule!
We also learn about a man who got lost for seven days in a desert, while searching for gold, and had to drink his own wee!
When he was found, he has so little water in his body that his nose had shrunk to half its size!
Any weak bits?
There are a few too many puns for my liking. One particularly cringe-worthy page is the gruesome garden filled with creepy crawlies.
The exhausted dung beetle exclaims: "I'm dung in!"
A mosquito tells a fly to "Buzz off!"
and a Rosethorn treehopper, disguised as a pointed thorn, asks "What's the point?"
Yes and no. It's so entertaining, you can read it from cover to cover for a scientific overview of the entire universe. Or you can dip into it, chapter by chapter, to learn about a specific topic such as deadly diseases , body parts, and the solar system.
Have you read this book?
I thought that the pictures were really wacky and I loved the puzzles. It made me want to learn and do more science.
Charlie, 10, Burford
It doesn't tell you the science of everything but I think it tells you a good deal of stuff.
Jared, 9, Stevenage
A brilliant book! My favourite part was about the organs being sucked up the tube and the Amazing Insect Olympics! That was a brilliant section!!!! Now I can show off my amazing science facts! 10 out of 10!
Richard, 10, Abingdon
I really like the stunning science of everything, because it's a really clever way Nick does it. He has all these little people that guide you around the book. The book is really good and when I read it, I feel like a scientist, reading an important scientific journal.
Rebecca, 8, Barrow-in-Furness
Amazing book. I think the purple slobwobbler is really weird along with the book!
Jenny, 11, Bristol