Saturday, July 1, 2017

How Machines Work Zoo Break

61LF1 d-U1LHow Machines Work – Zoo Break!
By David Macaulay
Published at DK

About the book

Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to his hilarious new creations, Sloth and Sengi, in How Machines Work: Zoo Break!

Complete with a unique jacket with an interactive compound machine incorporating several of the simple mechanisms featured in the book, How Machines Work: Zoo Break! uses models and illustrations to demonstrate the technology of six simple machines: levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and wheels.

Follow the mad antics of Sloth and his sidekick Sengi as they try to find their way out of the zoo with the help of machines. Their efforts are brought to life through novelty elements including pop-ups, pull-outs, and lift-the-flaps, allowing readers to explore in greater depth how and why machines work. Spreads highlight the use of simple machines in everyday objects, such as scissors and clocks, mixers and whisks, bikes and brakes, while the story contains clear and simple text to engage the reader.

My Thoughts

Does your child desire to learn more about simple mechanisms like wedges, pulleys, levers and so on?   But most of the books you find seem to be a bit complicated for his level of comprehension?   Search no longer because DK has recently publish a fun book with the partnership of David Macaulay.  This fun book follow Sloth and Sengi who are trying desperately to escape the life of the zoo because they are bored.   Through the pages of this book, you will have numerous illustrations retracing their tries in leaving their enclosure.  



But that is not all that you will find in the book…  You will also read how their ideas can help them, how simple mechanisms are easy to make and that we use them day to day, and how they fail to be free (in a way).    Also you will discover tabs to lift, a leverage to play with, pop-up sections and much more which makes the book even more interesting to explore and learn from.

I find this book to be a breath of fresh air when in comes to learning something like simple machines.  It is fun, quirky, out-of-the-ordinary, and simply easy to read.   The kids won’t be the only one enjoying the adventures of Sloth and Sengi because mom and dad can also read it.

How Machine Work – Zoo Break! is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for allowing me to promote these books. I was not monetarily compensated for this post . Please note that the post was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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