Now You Know How It Works (Hardcover)

By Valorie Fisher, Valorie Fisher (Illustrator)

Orchard Books, 9781338215458, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Valorie Fisher takes infographics to a new level with bright, colorful visuals that are perfect for young, inquisitive minds. Her eye-catching mix of photographs and illustrations compels readers to dive in and explore how things work -- from paper airplanes to straws, crayons to kites, pencils to boats.

This book will answer questions kids have long wanted answers to, and go on to answer questions they didn't even know they had! Do you know why your shadow changes shape throughout the day? Do you know how a whistle makes that trilling sound? How about why a rubber ball bounces? All of these questions and more are explained in this exciting book, the first of two in the Now You Know series. With the growing focus on STEM for this early age group, Now You Know How It Works is perfectly timed to reach that early reader and instill a love of STEM from day one.

About the Author

Valorie Fisher is the author and illustrator of My Big Brother and My Big Sister, both Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners; and Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears, called "sassy" in a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and are in many major museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Ms. Fisher lives in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, with her husband and two children.

Praise For Now You Know How It Works

Praise for Now You Know How It Works:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"A bright and stimulating introduction to the mechanics and makeup of everyday objects and phenomena." - School Library Journal

"Crisply presented models and charts demonstrate how a toilet, zipper, and whistle operate ...Fisher introduces complex concepts concisely while gently suggesting to readers that there is a world of knowledge to be discovered in everyday things." -Publishers Weekly

Praise for I Can Do It Myself:

* "Upbeat how-to, illustrated with close-up photographs of children and tiny plastic toys... Fisher favors eye-popping colors and buoyant patterns... From dressing oneself to mastering colors, patterns, and even making the bed, Fisher's encouraging book balances the known and the new." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five:

* "Fisher gives preschoolers a leg up on need-to-know information in this energetic collection." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This brightly colored, lively encyclopedia is a lot of fun for the youngest readers. Amusing photographs of elementary concepts... fill each well-laid-out spread." -- The Horn Book

Praise for How High Can a Dinosaur Count?:

* "Anyone who thinks that a math-activity book can't be fun hasn't seen this one." -- School Library Journal, starred review