Having seen other authors led into destruction by responding to customer reviews on Amazon, I tend to approach the customer reviews of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog with some trepidation.
It turns out, though, that they’re really good. And I don’t mean that in a Harriet Kalunser kind of way– the positive reviews are thoughtful and positive, and the negative comments that have been made are for the most part legitimate criticisms of the book. And then there’s this one:
My 11 year old son is nuts about physics, so I got this book to see how it would go over with him. It did, perfectly. The whole ruse of explaining physics to a dog was hilarious to him and really made concrete some of the things that the author was trying to explain. I had my son explaining to me, laughing, how a dog could walk through a tree if he went slowly enough (with all the physics behind that crazy statement) and then hilariously illustrating what would happen if the dog didn’t go quite slow enough. (He’d bonk his head). You’d think he was recounting a Calvin and Hobbes joke. The entire time my son was reading this he kept coming to me with, “did you know…” and “wow! I never realized that” epiphanies. He did say that some of the stuff being explained was really hard, although he jumped to the author’s defense saying that he thinks it’s not that he did a bad job explaining it, it’s just that some of it was, well, tough.
That’s just awesome. I wonder if I could get that on the book jacket?
(3001 book, 3797 Kindle. Lest you think I’ve forgotten.)