Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ready, Aim, Launch: Make your Own Small Launchers (Tabletop Wars) by Rob Ives -OPTIONAL

Ives, Rob Ready, Aim, Launch: Make your Own Small Launchers (Tabletop Wars) 32 pgs. (Hungry Tomato) Lerner, 2017. $8.00 NON-FICTION
This book teaches the reader step by step how to make a variety of mini launchers, inspired by weapons throughout history. It includes historical information about the inspiration for each creation. There is a craynon launcher, a paper dark launcher, a rubber band launcher, an exploding ninja star, and more. Features details illustrations.
I think the illustrations in this book, including the cover, are a detriment, both in the how-to component and making it feel modern. There is a page that shows photographs of the finished creations and it was awesome. I wish this book had larger sized pages full of color photographs for the how-to as well as the cover. Although the topic would be wildly popular I would hesitate to add this to my library due to the weapons creation component (students are not even allowed to bring fake props for Halloween that look remotely like weapons), though it might make a fun gift.

EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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