The #busstopkids were sent these two books to review by the lovely people at publishers Quarto Knows.
Luckily for the #Busstopkids they had about 7 minutes free this weekend to read them (in between taking selfies, watching TikToks, starting a fire with their flint, riding their bike round and round in a circle and watching YouTube videos of kittens in South Korea – oh and the grown up #busstopkid had the Sunday Papers and the Spectator to catch up on).
Here’s what they said, and honestly if you buy two books this lockdown, consider these… they will give you all something to talk about over brunch.
Future Humans (What’s the Issue?)
Review by Dom (age 54)
“I love the facts in Future Humans, it covers everything that makes us human from DNA to poo”.
Five things I liked about ‘Future Humans’;
- PICTURES. All the best books have pictures. It doesn’t matter what adults think, a book without pictures is not a book at all. And the pictures in Future Humans are great. Funny. Silly. And easy to copy.
- FACTS FACTS FACTS. I love the facts in Future Humans, it covers everything that makes us human from DNA to poo. And all the facts are given in tasty bite sized chunks which is brilliant. Except when it’s the one about poo. Because no one wants a bite sized chunk of poo.
‘Future Humans is like a lucky dip for fascinating facts about everything from super smart robots to living in space”.
- SCIENCE. Future Humans doesn’t just guess what will happen to humans in the future. It guesses what will happen to humans in the future using science. That means the guesses it makes are more likely to come true. Even the ones about the world being taken over by super intelligent Ants one day.
- GLOSSARY. Future humans is full of words that might be new to you. But don’t worry, there’s a handy glossary at the end. Which tells you the meaning of all the most important ones. (Except ‘glossary’, which I had to look up for myself).
- PICK UP ANYWHERABLE. (Don’t say that’s a made up word. All words are made up!) You don’t have to start all books at the start and then read all the way through to the end. Future Humans is one of those books. Which is great because you can open it anywhere and find something interesting, funny and weird. It’s like a lucky dip for fascinating facts about everything from super smart robots to living in space. From printing food to wearing shoes that let you still to the wall like Spider-Man. Also. Did I mention the pictures?
Hackers (What’s the Issue?)
Review by Purdey (age 11)
“I really like the drawings in the book, as it brings the facts to life”.
Did you know that in May 2000 a virus called The Love Bug released a worm into over 50 million peoples computers, and then it cost $8 billion dollars to fix it? – Well once you have read this book you will.
“I think the book is very well written. It tells you about the history of hacking and that it is a subject that not many people know about”.
It gives you a lot of knowledge about the subject, and makes you want to read more, because each page has a new idea, story or fact. For example; I didn’t know that a ‘jack’ is a hacker whose main technique is to use brute force attacks to break through security.
WHO GETS THE CREDIT ?
Tom Jackson is a science writer based in Bristol, UK. Over the last 20 years, Tom has written books, magazine and newspaper articles, for online and for television on a wide range of subjects and has worked on projects with Brian May, Patrick Moore, Marcus de Sautoy and Carol Vorderman and for major international publishers, such as Dorling Kindersley, National Geographic, Scholastic, Hachette, Facts on File and BBC Magazines.
Cristina Guitian is an illustrator living and working in London. Her distinct style of hand-drawn characters and typography creates surreal worlds filled with hybrid creatures that won her a Bronze Award, Best of British illustration in 2009. Cristina has also created installations for Victoria Revealed, a permanent exhibition at Kensington Palace, and has been featured in the prestigious D&DA Annual.
BOOK SPEC INFO
FUTURE HUMANS – Available in Paperback & Kindle: 96 pages Publisher: QED Publishing (15 Oct. 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0711244545 ISBN-13: 978-0711244542 Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.8 x 18.6 cm
HACKERS – Available in Paperback & Kindle: 96 pages Publisher: QED Publishing (15 Oct. 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 071124457X ISBN-13: 978-0711244573 Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.7 x 18.6 cm