Dr. Zed's Dazzling Book of Science Activities


48 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-919872-78-6




Illustrations by Linda Bucholtz-Ross
Reviewed by Ingrid vonHausen

Ingrid conHausen was a librarian in New Hamburg, Ontario.


Dr. Zed will be familiar to Owl readers.

Here we have a series of science activities aimed at young scientists at home and at school. The assistance and supervision of an adult or older sibling is necessary for these projects. Each activity is presented on facing pages: equipment needed is listed, cartoons with captions serve as commentary, to amuse and to clarify. Procedures are given step by step. Needed materials are neither complicated, expensive, nor difficult to acquire. None of the activities should be beyond the ability of interested grade school students and their parents or teachers. Examples: catching insects, making a bottle garden, constructing a flying machine, making a stethoscope, and many more.

This charming oversized paperback is sturdy enough to stand up to some wear and tear. The instructions are printed in rather small type on coloured paper, which makes them a bit hard to read. Kids (and their mentors) will love the cartoons.

This would make a good gift book for youngsters but it would also be of interest to libraries serving young people and to junior science teachers.


Penrose, Gordon, “Dr. Zed's Dazzling Book of Science Activities,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 10, 2023, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/39077.