“With much use of flaps, pop-ups, and inset booklets, the author expands on the comical plotline with glimpses of construction machinery, hydraulics, and several types of levers in action.”
“Youngsters will be eager to get their hands on this simply amazing book.”
An interactive book that shows how simple machines work. David Macaulay’s How Machines Work: Zoo Break! uses pop-ups and award-winning illustrations to demonstrate the technology of the six simple machines. Follow the mad antics of Sloth and his side-kick Sengi as they try to break out of their zoo with the help of levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and wheels. Their efforts are brought to life through pop-up, pull-out, lift-up fun, meaning you can explore mechanical advantage through interactive science. Packed with engaging, hands-on activities, David Macaulay’s How Machines Work: Zoo Break! will gear kids up for scientific greatness!
David Macaulay is the author of 28 books, including the award-winning, international bestseller
DK asked me to join them on a project that would extend some of the ideas from The Way
I think sloths actually do appear throughout literature, just not in their animal form. Just look up “lazy characters in literature” online. The word “underused” is in their job description. I suggested a sengi because they belong to the same extended family as elephants and by association mammoths. Mammoths belong to The Way Things Work, so sengi was a nice compromise. This speedy little critter needed a steady and unspeedy partner, an opposite of sorts, and sloth applied for the job. Finally, it just seemed easier, sloth-like almost, to let their animal names serve as their real names.
This one is for everybody, but it certainly does make that extra effort to reach the younger end of the scale. As for schools, I hope teachers will find the book engaging and useful enough to want to share it with their students.
My fascination with the ordinary comes from having been allowed first as a kid to play and take full advantage of my pre-TV, unencumbered English childhood, and second having been encouraged as a grown-up by projects like this one to keep playing. The good things in life, the things we often take for granted or don’t notice at all, are there for the viewing. We just have to learn to stop and look and question as often as possible. The rest will take care of itself.