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Sunday 29 May 2011

KBR Recommends: New Non-Fiction, May 2011

As great fans of non-fiction, KBR is delighted to reveal another sensational list of books your kids will absolutely adore. Oh - and you will love them, too.

How to Live Forever by Alok Jha
(Quercus Publishing Plc, $24.99, 978-1849164825, Feb 2011)

How can you live forever? What does it take to create life? How can we find other universes? Will we ever talk to aliens? What do you need to build a brain?

How to Live Forever is the essential survival guide for anyone who has ever been baffled by science.

Embarking on a journey from the very small to the very big, readers will be taken on a glorious tour of the universe, taking in cloned sheep, alien worlds, bizarre life forms, quantum weirdness, parallel dimensions and dissected brains along the way.

You'll discover how to travel through time, how to start (and cure) a plague, how the mind works, how to turn sunbeams into oak trees, how to boil a planet, how Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility works and much, much more.

Both informative and enjoyable, this is a rip-roaring tour through the wonders of the natural world.

Rule the World by Klutz
(Klutz, $29.99, 9781591748496, Apr 2011)

Klutz has set it's sights on world domination and Rule the World is a super simple guide to achieving just that.

This guide shows you how to put your talents to use. We're talking about tons of easily digestible entries with simple tips, instructions, and tricks to realizing your true power.

Rule the World cultivates the aspirational spirit and fabulous imagination that kids are famous for while giving them a lot of good laughs along the way.

Great Aussie Inventions by Amy Hunter
(Black Dog Books, $16.99, 9781742030760, 2011)

Who invented the black box flight recorder, stump cam, spray-on skin, the baby capsule, the lawn mower and Hills Hoist? Australians, that’s who.

Necessity is the mother of invention. When white settlers first came to Australia their existence relied on creative solutions to their problems.

Step into the world of brilliant Aussie inventions and find out what makes Australia one of the world’s most inventive nations.

We may love information books at KBR but most especially those illustrated in a stunning picture book fashion – just like Great Aussie Inventions.

Astonishing illustrations by the talented David Rowe, this is a book that will be borrowed to within an inch of its life from the library. Best stick a copy in your own house. Ours is well-thumbed already.

The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity by Klutz
(Klutz, $19.99, 9781591749233, June 2011)

We know... 'diary' sounds like it has a cute little lock and maybe a kitten on the cover, with pages to be filled with the sensitive writing of a tender soul. Yeah… this diary is nothing like that.

This is a wise-cracking collection of write-in-the-book activities immortalizing the triumphs of a smart-aleck youth. For the benefit of unauthorized snoops, it comes with a few fake, fill-in-the-blank, parent-praising journal entries.

Other entries include the “What kind of fool am I?” quiz and the “What will you barely grow up to be?” fortune-teller. T

Throughout, directed activities share space with open-ended journal prompts. And don’t forget the handy pen that comes along with the book.

Sweet Treats Junior Chef
(Scholastic, $16.99, 9781741698978, June 2011)

Have you got a sweet tooth? Treat the whole family to a homemade dessert - and learn about baking in the process. There are more than 25 mouthwatering ideas inside, all designed with junior chefs in mind.

Treats include Easy Cheesy Pie, Truffles, Bars, Cookies, Ice Cream Sandwiches and lots of tips and ideas on not only how to cook food and understand its more complicated process, but on how to fix any sticky culinary issues (that kids so often find themselves in!).

Perfect for kids who are just starting out with a love of cooking.