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How Things Work

Facts and Fun • Questions and Answers • Things to Make and Do


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See which things snap and which bend; discover why water is magic and changes shape; record a radio play with sound effects; play music with a really noisy bottle orchestra – and much, much more!

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How Things Work is a hands-on, action-packed title to share with young children. The starting point is the child and the questions they ask about how things work, from how to build a house to what powers a rocket to reach the moon. The title is organized around key questions: What's it made from? How's it made? What makes things go? What makes things move? What are sound and light? How do we keep in touch? How big or small? Who does what? There are things to do both on and off the page, including games, recipes and craft activities.


'A beautifully designed, fact-packed compendium'
Financial Times

'Just the thing for getting little minds used to being back at school'

'Beautifully illustrated in large format, combining stories, games, facts and activities, it is also a useful parental resource. Not least if, like us, you find yourself endlessly faced with questions to which you have no answer'

'With an even mix of facts and fun, using clean and clear illustrative style, both my 5 and 8 year old thoroughly enjoyed dipping into this book ... Well done the OKIDO team!'
Picture Books Blogger

'If you love science, and you can't resist finding out how things work, then allow us to pique your curiosity with this amazing book'
Read It Daddy

'Beautifully designed and informative'
The Early Hour

'A stonkingly good book all round either for home enjoyment or the primary classroom'
Red Reading Hub

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 32.0 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 64 pp

Publication date: 13 April 2015

ISBN: 9780500650448

About the Author

OKIDO is an innovative group of London-based designers, illustrators and authors, who create an art-and-science magazine of the same name for young children. Their magazine and books are designed to engage young children in scientific discovery in the most fun and creative way.