A secret-agent spin on the technology running through a house.
Casey, who loves a good spy story, wonders about the mysterious, unseen workings of a home. How does tap water get to the top of an apartment building? Where does his garbage go? And how does his friend's voice come out of the telephone?
So begins Casey's dogged investigation into the hidden (and not-so-hidden) workings of the home. Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out follows Casey through sixteen case files investigating such processes as:
Each case file offers clear explanations, helpful diagrams, and interesting facts about these and other familiar elements in both houses and apartments. Meanwhile, fascinating sidebars offer surprising examples of household workings throughout history and around the world. A final section offers a glimpse of how our homes may function in the future.
Casey soon discovers the only thing more interesting than a mystery is discovering the facts. So, too, will readers be intrigued by Trudee Romanek's funny and informative look into the not-so-secret world behind the walls. Meanwhile, Stephen MacEachern's vibrant cartoon illustrations and clear diagrams will keep even the most hardboiled detective laughing and well informed.
Trudee Romanek is a children's book editor and the award-winning author of Zzz... The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Sleep and The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings.
Stephen MacEachern is an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator whose books include 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter and The Kids Guide to Money Cents.
There's plenty of fun in the amazing facts, and clear explanations about electricity, water, heat, and how ordinary household things work. The text is lively and colloquial, and the numerous headers are often playful puns. The double-page spreads, perfect for browsing, burst with bright cartoon images.
An eye-opening look for younger children to the complex systems that warm, cool, shelter and entertain them at home.
Conversational, but clear, providing general information with attempting to be too detailed... there is plenty of useful information here that should intrigue and education kids about everyday household mechanics.