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The Element in the Room

by Mike Barfield, illustrated by Lauren Humphrey


About the book

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 aluminium 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 enquiries with explosive experiments.

ISBN: 978-1786271778

What did the judges think?

Judge Josh Gabbatiss, science journalist, said: “I never imagined seeing the periodic table presented this way, but here it is, and it really works. From hydrogen right through the table, this book explores each element, their discovery, and how they pop-up in everyday life, from food to technology, to life itself. The writing and illustrations are fun and I know the kids will appreciate that.”

About the author and illustrator

Mike Barfield is a comic writer, cartoonist, poet and performer. He has worked in TV, radio, books, newspapers and magazines – as well as schools, libraries and museums.

Lauren Humphrey is a London-based illustrator. Her colourful and quirky illustrations have featured in the New York Times, the Guardian and Anorak magazine.

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