Beasties under the microscope

CREEPIE crawlies and garden beasties come under the microscope this week as the magical journey continues into Disney’s The Wonderful World of Knowledge.

Families can join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and the gang to explore the world around us in this fabulous 24-set encyclopedia.

The colourful books are crammed with amazing facts, illustrations and explanations on a whole manner of topics.

And though they are aimed at five to ten-year-olds, there’s plenty to keep the entire family entertained.

This week’s book is Insects and Spiders, giving children the chance to find out more about the exotic, and more well-known, species inhabiting the planet.

Next week the journey will continue with How Machines Work so self-confessed Disney fan and retired Chemical and Control Systems Engineer Robin Cooper was delighted to have a preview.

He said: “As grandfather to five, including two boys that fall into the book’s target age group, I found it a fascinating read because I often try to explain aspects of engineering to them.

“This book has an excellent combination of simple and complex machinery explained in easy-to-read text combined with clear graphics. Some quite difficult-to-grasp concepts are communicated well.

“Subjects range from the extremely simple, such as a can opener, to the complexity of the refrigeration cycle, which is accomplished without attempting to describe the Joule-Kelvin effect! The methods used will, I believe, encourage youngsters to inquire further. This book will inspire inquisitive young minds.

“If I may be allowed a pedantic observation, fibre optics are not actually tubes, they are solid flexible glass cables. I also feel that it would be useful to include an explanation of American technical terms in the glossary.”

Each book in the collection costs £2.99 and is available with the Morpeth Herald from participating newsagents.

If you have missed a title call into our office in Newgate Street, Morpeth, or call 01670 517171 and we can arrange for copies to be provided.