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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? Or that diamonds and coal are both made from exactly the same thing? Or that the deadly ingredient used to make the most dangerous weapon in history can also be found in your bottled water?

Absolutely everything in the universe is made up of just 92 elements! And from aluminum to zinc, many of these atomic ingredients can be found in your very own home.

This funny and fascinating guide to the elements is bursting with brilliant facts about the ingredients that make up everything around us. Join the great scientific sleuth Sherlock Ohms as he explores the elements hiding in your home, and help his enquiries with explosive scientific experiments.

Ohms' investigation will sort the isotopes from the allotropes, put the Able into Periodic Table, and electrify your electrons! Along the way, Atomic Comics show you the savvy scientists who discovered the elements and their extraordinary effects. Plus there's a fold-out poster of the Periodic Table and sheets of super stickers, too!

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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.