11 Experiments That Failed (Hardcover)

By Jenny Offill, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780375847622, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Winter 2012 Kids' Next List

“The inquisitive young scientist in this picture book is part Eloise, part Ms. Frizzle. She tests each of her hypotheses -- such as that ketchup and snow are the only food groups a kid needs -- with pure scientific standards. Fantastic illustrations demonstrate the scientific method and show the reader what goes on behind the scenes, for example, when you try to send a bottle to the ocean by flushing it down the toilet. This book had me giggling at every page.”
— Neysa Jensen, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID
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Description

-This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day, - raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup--and nothing else--all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book's curious narrator. Here are 12 -hypotheses, - as well as lists of -what you need, - -what to do, - and -what happened- that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really ).
Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter--the ingenious pair that brought you 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore--have outdone themselves in this brilliant and outrageously funny book.


About the Author

JENNY OFFILL is the author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, and 11 Experiments That Failed, also a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called "the most joyful and clever whimsy." NANCY CARPENTER is the illustrator of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill, called "picture-perfect" in a starred review by School Libary Journal; Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming; Apples to Oregon, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and Fannie in the Kitchen, both by Deborah Hopkinson; Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye, winner of the Jane Addams Picture Book Award; and Masai and I by Virginia Kroll. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Praise For 11 Experiments That Failed

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011:
"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day. Go ahead, break a few dishes in the washing machine, see the humor and enjoy this fine poke at every science fair that ever was."

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