Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything One Step at a Time review

Show Off: How to do Absolutely Everything, One Step at a Time by Sarah Hines-Stephens and Bethany Mann

Candlewick Press, 2009. 978-0-7636-4599-1

Synopsis: Ever wanted to make fart noises without actually farting? Want to know how to make your own ice cream or soda? Wished you could whip out a ninja star or build a lean-to shelter? With the instructions in Show Off, you can learn how to do over 224 fun, fabulous, and even freaky things from heading a soccer ball to raising a butterfly to doing a stuntman vault to baking stained glass cookies to locating the North Star. Impress your friends and family with the things you will learn when you flip through this book.

Why I picked it up: Who wouldn’t want to learn how to do absolutely everything?

Why I finished it: While I didn’t learn how to do absolutely everything and there were a few things in the book I already knew how to do, I did pick up a few new tricks that I always wanted to know how to do. I particularly enjoyed the “Create” section of the book, since I love art and creating and making little knick knacks. There’s also a handy little section at the end of the book called “Tell Me More!” that lets you know how some of the tricks work or little bits of trivia about some of the crafting and science activities. Besides, even if you can’t use what you learn in this book, it will definitely make for some random party tricks – heck, you might even use some of this stuff in school!

Other related materials: Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic by Lauren Smith; More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn’t Fit in the First Book Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic by Lauren Smith; Pick Me Up: Stuff You Need to Know… by Jeremy Leslie, David Roberts, Roger Bridgman, and Philip Wilkinson; Show Me How to Survive: The Handbook for the Modern Hero by Joseph Pred;  Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets by John Farndon; Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life’s Mysteries Unraveled, Including Tips for World Domination, Which Religion Offers the Best Afterlife, Alien Pickup Lines and the Secret Recipe for Getting’ Laid Lemonade by Doogie Horner; How to Be a Genius: Your Brain and How to Train It by DK Publishing; Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan by Lisa Katayama and Joel Holland; Visual Aid: Stuff You’ve Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew, and Lessons You Didn’t Quite Get Around to Learning by Draught Associates; Sneaky Science Tricks: Perform Sneaky Mind-Over-Matter, Levitate Your Favorite Photos, Use Water to Detect Your Elevation, Navigate with Sneaky Observation Tricks, and Turn a Cereal Box into a Collapsible Robot with Everyday Things by Cy Tymony; Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things by Cy Tymony; Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do by Michael Powell; Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously by William Gurstelle

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