Fran Ashdown was the Head of the Children's Department, Capilano Branch, North Vancouver District Public Library.
Now in its fourth printing, this excellent activity book is crammed with useful ideas for things to do and make, puzzles, stories, jokes, games, and comics. Summer Fun has the same breezy magazine-style format as its equally successful companion, Winter Fun. Children familiar with Owl magazine will find the same range of material geared to the 7-11 year age range. The science experiments utilize easily-obtained materials and the resulting devices should hold a child’s attention for a considerable time. Plenty of obscure and fascinating natural history facts interspersed with quiet activity ideas make this book just as useful on rainy days. This is an attractively produced book which will appeal to all ages and may motivate parents to get in there and experiment along with the kids. The occasional coloured illustration sections could even be used for school projects after summer is over. Incidentally, this reviewer could hardly wrest the book from her child in order to review it.