Monday 2 May 2022

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small by Dr Jess Wade, illustrated by Melissa Castrillón (Walker Books) HB RRP $27.99 ISBN: 9781406384925

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

Everything in ‘the world is made from tiny building-blocks’ called atoms. The way that atoms join affects the appearance and texture of the resulting material, and it creates anything you can think of – from paper and glass to the whole human body. Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of ultra-small objects such as atoms, and it is a cutting-edge area of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). New discoveries are being made all the time, and the children of today may grow up to become the scientists who unlock nanotechnology’s greatest secrets in the future.

Dr Jess Wade takes ‘a gigantic idea to get your head around’ and simplifies it using language and concepts that kids as young as six can comprehend. With her exclamation that ‘nanomaterials are AMAZING!’ and her joyful jumps from current-day objects to tomorrow’s innovations, Jess’s enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. This passion is sure to light a fire in the heart of young scientists and encourage them to consider a fulfilling career in STEM.

Boasting bold patterns and bright colours, Melissa Castrillón’s illustrations bring science to life for children. Her style is striking and enhances the positive energy flowing from the text. Befitting a book on very small things, the images feature an extraordinary amount of detail that will keep little eyes busy for hours.

Engaging from the first page until the last, Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small offers information without condescension. It invites youngsters into the intriguing world of nanotechnology and dazzles them with possibilities.

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