Unique and interesting collection of science experiments that can be performed with household (or very easily obtainable) items. The book consists of 64 articles each comprised of a sensational blurb, ingredient list, "Take care!" safety or mess warnings, step-by-step method and finally The Scientific Excuse (the scientific explanation of the principles involved).While the obligatory vinegar/baking soda volcano is included, several variations of this experiment are also inside as well as a number of very cool, fairly simple experiments including the infamous Mentos and diet soda geyser (I wondered about the science involved since I saw it on YouTube), setting crepe paper alight with a lens made of ice, static electricity lightning, several curious experiments with cornstarch colloids, various tricks with air pressure, etc. My 8-year-old son picked out the book and we've been having fun carrying out the experiments. I started skimming it to find suitable candidates to perform together but the style and presentation are interesting enough that I ended up reading it cover to cover. This is a wonderful book for any budding mad scientists and their parents.