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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Wizard's Workshop: A Science Activity Book By Jennifer K. Clark: Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

The Wizard's Workshop
Ever wondered what happens when you mix dragon saliva with a powdered unicorn horn? Find out when you create your very own wizarding potions! Mixing science with fantasy, this book is full of fun concoctions your kids will want to make again and again. Each elixir uses common household ingredients to create cool chemical reactions for magical results!




About the Author

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Jennifer K. Clark is a full-time author, a hobby artist, and a Halloween enthusiast. She lives in central Utah where she spends her time writing books and having conversations with the characters in her head. (Yes, she’s one of those people.) She is a multi-genre author and has written Renaissance romance, contemporary suspense, YA, and children’s activity books. In her spare time, she loves to be creative and has done everything from building a secret passage in her home to making handmade books. She makes every day an adventure.


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The Wizard’s Workshop is dotted with handwritten notes and jokes from a previous owner along with silly annotations for each experiment such as: TROLL SNOT OR GOBLIN GOO Many people still prefer troll snot over Goblin Goo, however it is no longer legal to collect snot form trolls, and therefore Goblin Goo should be used instead. Please note that anyone found picking a troll’s nose or collecting troll snot will face a board of inquiries lead by the head troll, Mr. Iva P. Brain. (GOBLIN GOO experiment pg. 40)

ZOMBIE FIRE This potion was invented by Professor Willy Rott in 1879. Willy Rott was a well-known scientist, but after making this potion several times, he is now a well-known zombie. (He was not a very fast runner). (ZOMBIE FIRE experiment pg. 36)

EXPLODING FOG FLUID This potion was made famous by Mr. Darren Deeds who made a sport of putting Exploding Fog Fluid into the drinks of giants and then drawing mustaches on their faces once they were asleep. Although this can be a fun past time, please note that it is dangerous. As Mr. Darren Deeds can attest to, it is not very fun when a giant refuses to drink the potion and decides to sit on you instead. (EXPLODING FOG FLUID experiment pg. 52)


NOTE: If you want to give the stones additional power then you must perform the spell under the light of a full moon, standing next to a large tree (preferably a sycamore tree), facing east, while wearing mismatched socks. (MAGICAL STONES pg. 87)

My Review
 I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to review The Wizard's Workshop. This new book is a science activity book for children and tweens, and adults like me that love science experiments and magic. I also teach 2nd grade, so I was excited to take this book to school and see what my students thought of it. 

At first they screamed out it was Harry Potter. I told them it was just as cool and that we all could use magic together. The students loved how the book was presented to the reader by a former student wizard. The book is full of things that will make kids laugh and imagine themselves as wizards. The book is very detailed with excellent instructions. It tells about each potion, ingredients needed, Adult wizard info, step by step instructions(numbered), how long it will take to make, and pictures for each potion. There is a potions ingredients list at the back of the book. 

I told my students that we would make some potions the last few weeks of school. They are so excited!! We are planning to make:
  • Goblin Goo: which will look like green slime. It used to be referred to as Troll Snot, but now it's illegal to collect snot from trolls.
  • Wishing Potion: which will look like colored droplets that streak down through a jar of liquid forming amazing bursts of color. You can wish for anything you want except to live forever.
  • Exploding Fog Fluid: which is a liquid that erupts into expanding foam. It was made famous by using it as a sport of putting the liquid into the drinks of giants and then drawing mustaches on their faces once they're asleep.
I can't wait to do this with my class! I love this book and I know kids will be enchanted by The Wizard's Workshop. I do advise that all experiments be done with Adult Wizard supervision. Have a fun time and let your child's imagination run wild. It's encouraged to wear wizarding robes and have wands ready to use while making the potions.

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