Have you ever looked at the incredibly popular webcomic, xkcd? http://xkcd.com/  There’s the link- if you haven’t had a chance, pop on over there.  I’ll wait… 🙂

Munroe uses stick figures and simple diagrams to explain abstract and difficult concepts.  It’s brilliant really.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words is inspirational for educators who struggle to make complex concepts accessible. I’ve run into this problem when trying to create fliers to describe, simply and succinctly, the process that you use to check out ebooks from the library. It feels like an impossible task. Munroe shows in this clever book, that anything is possible. From Lifting Rooms (elevators) to Our Star (the sun), Munroe takes it all apart and explains the processes with only ten hundred (1000!) of the most commonly used words in the English language.

Every page is a gem, but I particularly loved The Pieces Everything is Made of (The Periodic Table of Elements) pg 47-48 and The US’s Laws of the Land (United States Constitution) pg 14.

Though simple enough for a child to understand, the cartoons contain small puns and inside jokes that adults will enjoy too.  So, basically, I recommend it for everybody!

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