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Wow, what a disappointment Hawking stoops in both the avian and, to judge from the result, aristocratic senses of the word to conquer a young audience, and lands hard on his beak.This SF tale is festooned with science lessons, and is plainly intended to convince young readers of the importance of knowing the laws of physics yet those laws are blown off over and over as the story goes along Further, there are these huge gaps in internal logic for instance, young George s parents are suc Wow, what a disappointment Hawking stoops in both the avian and, to judge from the result, aristocratic senses of the word to conquer a young audience, and lands hard on his beak.This SF tale is festooned with science lessons, and is plainly intended to convince young readers of the importance of knowing the laws of physics yet those laws are blown off over and over as the story goes along Further, there are these huge gaps in internal logic for instance, young George s parents are such eco activists that they refuse to allow a TV, telephone or computer in the house, but see nothing wrong with constructing a home made electric generator I wonder what it runs on.And, considering that two of the three authors are trained scientists, their grasp on basic astro facts is pretty shaky they claim that the moon Ganymede is about the size of Earth s Moon, and elsewhere that a person exposed to space would freeze in an instant both of which are wrong I read this as an ARC, and maybe the latter will be corrected in the final version one can always hope Still, how hard would it have been to set the story in our actual universe, where lightspeed is a limit and planets are actually far apart to underpin the science instruction The book ll probably sell well Too bad, because it s lazy work and disrespectful of its intended audience [[ FREE EBOOK ]] ☟ George's Secret Key to the Universe ⇰ Stephen Hawking, author of the multi million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages George s parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe With Cosmos s help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos George, Annie, and Eric aren t about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science Garry Parsons energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity there are also eightpage full color inserts of scientific photos This book is a great introduction to some basic science about how the stars and planets form, told incidentally as part of an adventure Interspersed with science facts and with s some great photos of planets etc at the end of the book A book by Stephen Hawkings that you can read to the end This is a banal and rudimentary story that shamelessly exploits Stephen Hawking s reputation in order to increase sales It tells the story of a young boy from an anti technology family who goes on a wild ride through the universe with help of his neighbour s supercomputer This whole book is excessively didactic The whole point seems to be to ram it down readers throats that science is wonderful and people who oppose technology are ignorant fools The portrayal of the anti science family is w This is a banal and rudimentary story that shamelessly exploits Stephen Hawking s reputation in order to increase sales It tells the story of a young boy from an anti technology family who goes on a wild ride through the universe with help of his neighbour s supercomputer This whole book is excessively didactic The whole point seems to be to ram it down readers throats that science is wonderful and people who oppose technology are ignorant fools The portrayal of the anti science family is woefully patronising.The narrative is interspersed with short factual sections describing the features of various astronomical bodies But these sections are 100% skippable Kids are not dense and they won t be tricked into reading their science textbooks simply because sections have been inserted into a novel More importantly, the narrative actually makes conspicuous scientific errors For example, one character claims that if a human went into outer space without a spacesuit they would freeze solid in a few seconds flat Anyone who has ever drunk hot soup from a thermos can confidently attest that THAT S NOT HOW VACUUMS WORK In actuality, vacuums whether the vacuum of space or the vacuum seal inside a thermos are highly efficient thermal insulators The fact that such an egregious error remains makes it perfectly obvious that Stephen Hawking actually didn t have much to do with the writing of this book at all His name appears to have been used simply to capitalise on his fame.The story features flat characters and routine plotting For a book that s supposedly about getting kids interested in actual science, I seriously question the use of so many science fiction elements Wouldn t it have beeneffective to show how remarkable real science is, instead of creating nonsense fantasy The Universe Witout YawningStars, Planets, Comets, Asteroids, Nebulae, Black Holes, Galaxies there s a whole population of space inhabitants defying our curiousity full of secrets waiting for us to be known But those huge complex scientific essays can be so immensely boring, that they easily bury our original enthusiastic curiousity Fortunately, Stephen and Lucy Hawking, were sensitive enough to feel the problem, and created a short series of scientific books, talking about the mysteries The Universe Witout YawningStars, Planets, Comets, Asteroids, Nebulae, Black Holes, Galaxies there s a whole population of space inhabitants defying our curiousity full of secrets waiting for us to be known But those huge complex scientific essays can be so immensely boring, that they easily bury our original enthusiastic curiousity Fortunately, Stephen and Lucy Hawking, were sensitive enough to feel the problem, and created a short series of scientific books, talking about the mysteries of the universe, aiming to make it easier for us, curious common mortals This books combine science facts with adventure, which is certainly a great anti boredom kind of recipe In short Wanna know about the Universe without yawning This book is for you P.S This scientific adventurous series was specifically created to motivate children into physics, but since curious adults that hate boring knowledge were forgotten, I suppose they will have to enjoy the ride My 7 year old really liked this chapter book It s by Lucy and Stephen Hawking, and although it s fiction, it includes pages of data and full color photos and images of space It s a fun story The writing is not the best I ve read Bits of the story annoy me The sets of parents in the book are basically ridiculed for their different styles of parenting and the characters are pretty flat BUT, it s still a good read for this age and has my child begging forfrom STEPHEN HAWKING So it s a My 7 year old really liked this chapter book It s by Lucy and Stephen Hawking, and although it s fiction, it includes pages of data and full color photos and images of space It s a fun story The writing is not the best I ve read Bits of the story annoy me The sets of parents in the book are basically ridiculed for their different styles of parenting and the characters are pretty flat BUT, it s still a good read for this age and has my child begging forfrom STEPHEN HAWKING So it s a win There are sequels, too.I read most of this aloud to my son but he read several chapters himself If I had to put a number on it, I d say it s a third grade reading level for reading to self Our second grader can read and comprehend it on his own but doesn t have the stamina to read the whole thing to himself I read this aloud with my 8 year old who is very interested in space She now wants her own Cosmos so she can go anywhere in the universe This was a very fun read aloud and we both learned something new about the universe Paired with the show Cosmos and a few other additional books about space, this made a great spine for our space unit. I love children s books I want to write some myself, and when someone offers to let me borrow their copy of a book for children written by StephenandLucy Hawking, I mthan gameGeorge s Secret Key to the Universeis a thoroughly enjoyable and informative novel about a boy s friendship and adventures with a scientist named Eric, his daughter Annie, and Cosmos, the most amazing computer in the world This book not only takes one to an adventure through asteroid belts and black holes I love children s books I want to write some myself, and when someone offers to let me borrow their copy of a book for children written by StephenandLucy Hawking, I mthan gameGeorge s Secret Key to the Universeis a thoroughly enjoyable and informative novel about a boy s friendship and adventures with a scientist named Eric, his daughter Annie, and Cosmos, the most amazing computer in the world This book not only takes one to an adventure through asteroid belts and black holes it also stresses on the need to reconcile the need for climate and ecological action with science and technology and the need to look for an alternative one can return from rather than move onto post abandonment In that sense, this is a book that seeks to imbibe responsibility in the reader and even through self sacrifice of the possibility of winning at the science competition Even though I probably wouldn t have understood these things explicitly, little me would have LOVED this book Sure, there are elements of formulaic sci fi stories the stark demarcation of good and evil, the easy resolution and the picture of eccentricity but the book itself speaks of understanding the difference between science fiction and science fact There are also many reinforced stereotypes gender roles and such but I guess that isn t one s primary focus when writing a book about bringing together our world with a whole new one even for children.I still loved this book, and wonder which of Lucy and Stephen came up with the idea of broccoli muffins I really thought this one was terrible The science was interesting, but too much like science fiction, so that it seemed like fantasy The writing was good enough, but some of the themes were disturbing I think the ending was supposed to be a coming together of all the different factions, but it message of the book seemed to be that environmentalists are against all technology and innovation, and that it s okay if we destroy this planet because science can find us a new one.I would love someon I really thought this one was terrible The science was interesting, but too much like science fiction, so that it seemed like fantasy The writing was good enough, but some of the themes were disturbing I think the ending was supposed to be a coming together of all the different factions, but it message of the book seemed to be that environmentalists are against all technology and innovation, and that it s okay if we destroy this planet because science can find us a new one.I would love someone to explain to me the visual references to The Little Prince They were far too obvious to be accidental, and yet nothing was really made of them I just can t see George as a modern day Little Prince.The book design was atrocious My reading was often disrupted mid sentence by sidebars and pages of photographs I enjoyed the sidebars they were better than the story, but the placement of them was problematic Likewise, the photos were cool, but they weren t placed near the relevant content in the book, and often came in the middle of the chapter When I reached the end of the photos, I had to go back and reread the last page of text to get back into the story We ve made such strides in design recently, that there s really no excuse for this.It always makes me sad when books like this get so much press because of their authors when so many wonderful books are ignored A very good children s book that I will definitely give to my potential future children