A solid overview of the mechanics behind each machine. By including such high-interest topics as roller coasters, wave pools, and drones, this latest installment will undoubtedly inspire inquisitive minds to seek out other titles in the series. Advanced scientific concepts, including centrifugal force (Cotton Candy) and aerodynamics (Drones), are simply explained so that readers gain a basic understanding of the processes, engineering, and design without being overwhelmed by details. Interesting tidbits, such as how roller coaster designer Ron Toomer never rode any of his creations due to his severe motion sickness, are sprinkled throughout the text and offer specifics that are fun and memorable. In terms of design, the large black print stands out on crisp, white pages, while full-page photos are attention-grabbing. A photo glossary, complete with pronunciation, reinforces concepts and provides a satisfying conclusion.
VERDICT A must for all children’s nonfiction collections.
—School Library Journal, November 2016