Book Review - JJ's Science Adventure: Magnets

~ Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 9:03 AM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews ever since our 3rd kiddo came along in end of Sept 2013. I do still accept review pitches but only when time permits and if it is something that I can see it being useful and beneficial to our family. Also, as busy as I am with 3 kiddos, home cooking, taking care of hubby's administration site of the business and swamped up with managing my FB page and blog, I just can't say no to reviewing good books! Reading is my passion and coupled with books that are of parenting, children, family or religion or educational genre, all the more I gotta say yes!

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JJ's Science Adventure: Magnets

Title: JJ's Science Adventure: Magnets
Author: Aurelia Tan & Jonathon Koh    Illustrated by Nicholas Liem
Publisher: Harvest Edutainment Pte Ltd (2013)
ISBN: 9810776322
Paperback: 84 pages

Description from the product page:

"JJ's Science Adventure is a series of educational comic books designed to help readers master key learning objectives stated in the Singapore Ministry of Education's Primary School Science syllabus. After receiving their birthday presents from their grandfather, Joyce and Jonathon find themselves in possession of two bags which transform into a talking robot (Robo) and a teleportation portal. With a set of keys from Robo, the kids open the portal into sub-dimensional world created by the 'World Maker', an incredible invention by their grandfather to help them learn science.

In this adventure, the twins journey into the World of Magnets where they discover the physical properties of magnets and solve challenging puzzle traps laid by their grandfather. Will they survive the constant sabotage by a Minion sent by Mr Sinister and win the prize, a piece of puzzle key which unlocks yet another secret?"
I'm a full-time mummyWhen I first received the email pitch to review this book, I was quite hesitant as I've never let our kiddos try out comic books like this before. I also thought that the words are a bit tough on our 6.5 year old boy but since we've previously touched on the topic of magnetism before in the family, I thought of just giving this a go and worse comes to worse if our kiddos are not ready, I can just keep the book and try again some time later when I feel they are ready.

The book arrived shortly after and I gave a quick check through the book. The illustrations is gorgeous, love it! The fonts are easy on the eyes as well.

I waited for the right time to show this book to our kiddos. I let our oldest flipped through the book and checked out the book before I suggested reading the book to them in the afternoon during their playtime.

I started out slowly by introducing the characters in the book and once in a while, I would subtly ask our oldest kiddo to read some shorter sentences in the pages. We also paused every now and then throughout the book especially in the pages where it explains on how magnets work. I can see our boy getting interested and curious at the same time. In fact, we paused quite a long time in the pages where it explained how to magnetise objects and how an object loses its magnet force.

JJ's Science Adventure: Magnets

I can totally see our 6.5 year old boy loving the illustrations in this book. We were laughing at the antics of the main characters and the jokes in the storyline as well.

JJ's Science Adventure: Magnets

Size of the book is just nice, not too short and not too long story for the kiddos to digest through. Once, a few weeks after we have gone through the book, I heard our boy mentioned to me saying 'Did you remember the book on the magnet when it says one part is north and one part is south?' as he shows me his Lego creations that looked like a magnet stick.

That was when I told myself 'He remembers what we read in the book. Not bad, not bad!' And that was just after reading one time. Definitely will go through the book again and again with kiddos for sure!

I would totally recommend this book for any parents wanting to educate their kiddos on the topic of magnetism while yet having fun at the same time.

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The book is available at Harvest Edustore or Amazon. You can also find it a retail stores in Singapore such as Elm Tree at Funan, Star Vista, Downtown East and Paragon, MPH at Parkway, Raffles City and Robinson, Junior Page at ARC

There is another volume entitled 'Heat and Light' as well in case you are interested!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"


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