Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Wizard's Workshop" by Jennifer K. Clark
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!
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.
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 this potion several times, 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 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 pg. 87)
My kids love sci-fi/fantasy, so I thought that this would be a cute book to get. When the book came, they eagerly read through the activities and little stories that went with them. I liked how the ingredients had "exotic" names like 'ground dragon egg' for 'sugar' (there's a list of all the ingredients in the back of the book). The names of the "inventors" were fun, also--Darren Deeds, Iva P. Brain, Constance Noring... The little "handwritten" notes from the "previous owner" were good for giggles, too. Each activity has a little intro story, a section that tells what you will see during the experiment and what it is used for (in imaginary fantasy play), then gives the ingredients and instructions. If there is a special ingredient or if there is adult supervision/help needed, it will give those notes before the instructions. Overall, I thought it was a cute book and we had fun trying out some of the science experiments. Some of them include a "spell" to say and those bugged me a little, but we just skipped those and had fun with the science experiments.