About the Book...
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!
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 from 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 the potion several time, 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 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 experiment pf. 87)
As a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, I was excited to have the chance to review this book, as it looks like something the students would have used at Hogwarts. As a child, I was never a huge fan of science, but I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more with this charming activity book. The Wizard's Workshop is a way to make science fun!
A number of "experiments" are included, and they are presented as "wizard potions" with fictional names for the ingredients (such as "spider venom" for corn syrup, "toxic fluid" for green food coloring, and ""dragon spit" for white vinegar). There are amazing illustrations and stories, along with directions, for each "potion." The book is designed for an adult to experience the magic along with the child. Many of the materials needed are items often found around the house.
There is not a lot of explanation included to explain how the "potions" truly work, but it would be easy enough for a parent to find that information online if they didn't already know the answer. A website is listed where you can download labels for your ingredients (because "dragon blood" is FAR more interesting than red food coloring!).
The book is divided into the following sections:
- Basic Potions for the Beginning Wizard
- Advanced Wizard Potions
- *Caution* Hair-Raising Potions for Daring Wizards
Some of the "potions" include:
- Expanding Potion (keep mummies away)
- Goblin Goo (make troll snot)
- Truth by Fire (indicates whether someone is lying or telling the truth)
If you are looking for a way to make learning a bit more fun, this is a book you may want to check out.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher as part of the SLB blog tour. I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
About the author...
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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