NonFiction Review: Solve This!

Solve This! by Joan Marie Galat
Solve This!: Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You 
by Joan Marie Galat (Goodreads Author)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

This fun book gives problematic scenarios, and encourages the reader to find solutions by using engineering and science! The problem is set with a description of a place or difficulty, and then various people of different professions give their original solutions, and finally the engineers give a solution, and you can decide which one is best!

There are a wide variety of professional people from different areas giving imaginative solutions on each page; a marine biologist, a teacher, a librarian, an architect, a nurse, a plumber, and dozens more in addition to the actual engineers.
For instance, how would you get a book across the yard to your neighbor if you are quarantined with the flu? You could use a rope pulley to send it across from window to window. You could strap the book to the back of a dog. You could wheel it over on a toy truck pulled by a string. The possible solutions are as varied and interesting as the professionals who give them.

If you wonder all the time about how things work and how they could be improved upon, then this book would be perfect for that curious mind!

Personally, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, because most of the problems/scenarios didn’t give enough information. Like what tools or supplies are available to you? What is the distance between the houses? How much does the book weigh? Who is there to help you, or do you have to complete the task alone?

Every scenario was very sketchy and lacked basic information. While that left more room for the imagination and allowed the solutions presented to be quite diverse, I didn’t like the confusion that this created. I would have preferred more clear boundaries to the problems.

It’s still a wonderful and fun book that really gets the mind churning with logic and ideas! This would be perfect for kids ages 6-12.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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