Zoom, Vroom It’s All About Being Fast–The Science of Speed
I love finding great books for boys. If you have a boy who loves cars and anything that goes fast, you will want to look into this series of books called The Science of Speed. We stared with The Science of Car Racing by Karen Latchana Kenney and plan to check out the other titles as well. Capstone Press is putting out some great books for boys right now. See this review on Batman Science books–neat!
This series is all about speed and what it takes to make cars, bikes, motorcycles, and snowboards go super fast. We read The Science of Car Racing which is what this review is based on.
The Science of Car racing is a super book. It has detailed diagrams that show how a car engine works. Physics, chemistry, and biology all come into play in car racing and the author lays out the information in an easy to understand way. If there is a word that may be unfamiliar to boys, it is defined at the bottom of the page. I actually liked this a bit better than the usual glossary because the word definition was right there so you didn’t have to keep flipping to the back of the book and looking up words.
I don’t know a lot about cars. I like it when I can just get in the car and go where I want to go (don’t you?) I certainly learned a thing or two reading this book. For a boy who is interested in cars it is a great choice and he will likely learn a lot.
I want to let you know that this book is pretty straight forward on how it presents information. When talking about safety, Kenney writes “A head injury can kill a driver instantly.” I like that they present the facts but that may be a bit much for a sensitive younger boy. The book is written for kids around 3/4th grade but there are many boys that would like it who are older than that. My son is past that age but thought it was pretty cool.
There are sections on the engine, track and car, design and aerodynamics, friction, turning forces and drafting and even kinetic energy. There are even some crashes–for some reasons boys seem to like that–LOL. A lot of good stuff!
The book is well done, has great pictures (and a lot of them.) It also has a “read more” section with more car science titles to read–in case your son just has to have more info! I am really impressed by these books.
Book cover and interior page images provided by Capstone Press (thanks!)
I hope your boy likes The Science of Car Racing.
Here are the other books in this neat series of books for boys:
The Science of Bicycle Racing
The Science of Snowboarding (The Science of Speed)
The Science of Motorcycle Racing
For more books for boys check out our boys’ book reviews.
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