11 Experiments That Failed

11 Experiments That Failed

Book - 2011
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A hyper-curious young girl tries a series of wacky experiments, such as seeing if a piece of bologna will fly like a frisbee and determining whether seedlings will grow if watered with expensive perfume, and then must suffer the consequences of experiments gone awry.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375847622
0375847626
9780375957628
0375957626
Branch Call Number: jE OFFILL 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Carpenter, Nancy - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Eleven experiments that failed

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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Obviously this book is benefited by a "DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME" disclaimer, but such content also provides a wonderful opportunity. 11 Experiments That Failed would be a great book to use as a launching point for your own discussion with your child

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mmcbeth29
May 21, 2015

SUMMARY: A young girl sets out to prove 11 experiments that unfortunately fail and some that have some pretty bad consequences. One such experiment is "Do dogs like to be covered in glitter?"

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with a mix of pen and ink and digital work. There are real items inserted among the drawings giving them a more 3D look. The pictures are quite nice, full of interesting details for older readers and fun.

THE GOOD: This book starts out really well with a funny experiment of whether a person can live off snow and ketchup. It doesn't take long before the girl has both a sick stomach and brain freeze. Several more enjoyable experiments follow.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The experiments then become not so funny. She throws Bologna that hits a teacher, she steals her mother's perfume, she offends her mother's guests (making them leave the house), She breaks a basket full of dishes, and then she floods the house after trying to flush a bottle down the toilet. This girl looks to be about 8 or 9 years old. Old enough to know better. When my children were between the ages of 4-6, they engaged in this kind of scientific "inquiry" that lead to consequences. But by the time they were in first grade, they knew not to put dishes in washing machine. This author started out well, but couldn't seem to help herself from throwing in what I would consider to be simply bad behavior. Where are the consequences for what the girl does? Whether it is in the name of science or not, the child should not have free reign to do whatever she pleases without facing the consequences of her actions (I would consider this part of the scientific method as well since scientists face consequences for their mistakes).

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Best age group for this story would be 2nd and 3rd grade

DaytonMuse May 07, 2013

My four-year-old enjoys having this one read to her. She thinks the experiments and their outcomes are funny. I like the opportunity to talk to her about what an experiment is, maybe how the girl could change her experiment to better find the answers to her questions. I also like that they include terms like "hypothesis" and "what you need." It shows that you have to plan an experiment, it doesn't just happen.

YogiMumma Jul 30, 2012

Definitely good for a chuckle for everyone!

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antoinehobbs
Jun 14, 2015

A girl has some hypothesis to prove. DON'T TRY THESE AT HOME!

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