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The Element in the Room

The Element in the Room

Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home

Laurence King Publishing

By Mike Barfield, Illustrated by Lauren Humphrey


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Did you know that without the “lead” in your pencil, there would be no life on Earth? Just about everything in the universe is made from only 92 elements – and from aluminum to zinc, many of them are hiding in your very own home!

This funny and fascinating guide is bursting with brilliant facts about the atomic ingredients that make up everything around us. Join scientific sleuth Sherlock Ohms as he investigates the elements, and help his inquiries with explosive experiments. 

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Pages: 290 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2018
ISBN: 9781786271785
Mike Barfield is a comic writer, cartoonist, poet, and performer with 25 years' experience. He has worked in TV, radio, books, newspapers, and magazines—as well as schools, libraries, museums, bookshops, and George Bernard Shaw's back garden.

Lauren Humphrey is a London-based illustrator. Her colorful and quirky illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian and Anorak magazine, and she has created work for Adidas, Green Man Festival, Paperchase and many more.