A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
There's something to learn on each and every page of The Way Things Work Now, from how gravity, nuclear fusion, toilet tanks, lasers, submarines, and 3D printers function to what's inside a smartphone and an old-fashioned self-winding watch.
Science -- even physics -- can be really, really fun.
Positive Role Models
The epilogue reveals the names behind many of the world's most essential inventions. Where would we be without Whitcomb Judson, inventor of the zipper, Karl von Linde, who created the first practical refrigerator, or Sir John Harington, godson of Queen Elizabeth I, who gave the world the first flush toilet?
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Way Things Work Now is the revised and updated edition of David Macaulay's The Way Things Work (1988) and The New Ways Things Work (1998), which have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Like in the previous versions, this one's brimming with Macaulay's witty, detailed, and colorful illustrations and is certain to captivate young readers who are passionate about all things technical and mechanical -- even those who live in dread of another year of science class. Kindle users should know that it's available only for Kindle Fire. David Macaulay is both a Caldecott Medal (Black and White) and Honor (Cathedral and Castle) winner.
Is It Any Good?
This wildly imaginative and entertaining exploration of how things work makes the complicated world of machines and technology accessible to every reader. And it's filled with visual puns and delightful illustrations. For kids who find all things scientific intimidating or even just plain boring, Macaulay's witty and user-friendly explanations -- a woolly mammoth having its tusks trimmed is used to illustrate a section on levers -- make tricky theories easily understood.
For visual learners, the heavily illustrated text should be of particular help in processing the large and wide-ranging amount of information. Granted, this information can be found online but certainly not in a way as fun and engaging to readers.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Books for Kids Who Love Math and Science
STEM: Apps, TV, and More for Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate