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The Element in the Room

Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home

Mike Barfield, Illustrations by Lauren Humphrey


Did you know that without the “lead” in your pencil, there would be no life on Earth? Just about everything in the universe is made from only 92 elementsand from aluminum to zinc, many of them are hiding in your very own home!

This funny and fascinating guide is bursting with brilliant facts about the atomic ingredients that make up everything around us. Join scientific sleuth Sherlock Ohms as he investigates the elements, and help his enquiries with explosive experiments.

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Mike Barfield is a comic writer, cartoonist, poet, and performer. He has worked in TV, radio, books, newspapers, and magazines – as well as schools, libraries, and museums.

Lauren Humphrey is a London-based illustrator. Her colorful and quirky illustrations have featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Anorak magazine.

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