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11 Experiments That Failed

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  792 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day," raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup—and nothing else—all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Schwartz & Wade
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Feb 28, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

History with all its facts, dates, theories, and changes always inspired me to read, study, and learn as a kid. So my love and fascination with science experiments has always shocked me a bit. Now mind you—science class *snooze, bore, drool* rarely held my attention. (*Exception: The Periodical Table of Elements section always fascinated me. I researched every single element and property….Anywho) I mean the handmade, do around the house, hope the kitchen doesn’t blow up kind of experiments! Let’
Jan 13, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
For some reason, I thought that 11 Experiments That Failed would be about historical experiments that failed, like... uh, I can't even think of any. But you know what I mean. However, it turned out to be something a lot more whimsical and fun than that. It's about a nameless girl who performs 11 "science experiments." Each would be a stretch to call "experiments," given that the hypotheses are things like, "A kid can survive on a diet of snowballs and ketchup." But they're really fun and what's ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A series of experiments take place in this book, each one funnier than the next. They attempt to answer questions like: Can a kid make it through the winter eating only snow and ketchup? Do dogs like to be covered in glitter? Will a piece of bologna fly like a Frisbee? The only way to find out is for the protagonist to test it scientifically. That means trying to eat only ketchup and snow and observing the results. Sprinkling her dog with glitter to see what happens. Testing flight capabilities ...more
katayoun Masoodi
Jan 07, 2017 katayoun Masoodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, z-humor, ebook
so happy that beavers were mentioned!!!
May 22, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a hilarious book about a very curious and imaginative girl who conducts a series of experiments to answer her questions. My husband has often encouraged our girls to answer a question by posing a hypothesis, conducting an experiment, and observing the results. He encourages this empirical exploration in order for our girls to discover the truth for themselves, rather than just being told.

The questions and experiments that the little girl comes up with are quite creative and certainly ev
Valerie Barnhart
Mar 18, 2015 Valerie Barnhart rated it really liked it
1. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty copyright 2013. Twin text for celebration of achievement of inventors nonfiction set.

2. I selected this book to demonstrate the scientific method for students. It takes a look at a step-by-step process to reach the result. In relation to Rosie, students can determine whether or not the author of the 11 Experiments felt failure or had things turn out differently than expected. She didn't let failure of embarrassment stop her from trying things again.

3. Th
May 03, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
My niece read this on her own over the weekend, and then we read it together today. I asked her what she thought of it, and she said, "I *loved* it! It was just great! And it was funny, and it also inspired me to try my own science experiment!" Naturally, I was delighted by this. Her question was, "Will regular liquids turn into fizzy liquids?" According to her, her hypothesis was, "Yes. If I stir them." Apparently her hypothesis turned out to be correct, especially with vigorous stirring. :-) 1 ...more
A delightful follow-up to 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, both text and art avoid a sophomore slump. There is as much predictability in the text, but this time it is format rather than words, as the young troublemaker keeps scientific notes about hypotheses, procedures, and observations, an interesting twist for a struggling reader. Similarly, the illustrations have been made with the same media and process, but Carpenter has upped the collage feeling in a way that supports the text's l ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, picture-book
This clever story clearly demonstrates the difference between intelligence and wisdom, as the little girl tries various "experiments" with no real idea of the possible consequences.
Ranging from a trial diet of ketchup snowballs to the testing of bologna frisbees, her ideas are hilarious, and generally doomed from the start. Still, her brain is fertile, tenacious and amazingly warped. I expect her to grow up to be a mad scientist of the finest caliber.
Any kid who has ever tried to do something wh
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 21, 2011 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
The author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do comes up with another list book. This time, our main character shows all the experiments she tried that failed, cleverly revealing in the process the quirky quality of children’s thinking. Absolutely delightful.

What makes fungus grow?

If left in a closet, food will rot and become a colorful fungus garden.

What You Need:
Brother’s shoes
Bread and cheese

What to Do:
1. Place food inside shoes.
2. Sprinkle with water.
3. Hide shoes in
Ok, stop: the peaceful, rapturous expression on our girl scientist's face as she lets fly a slice of bologna in the school cafeteria would have sold me on this book even if I had not already been giggling, snorting, and cackling on almost every page prior.

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Oct 06, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for budding scientists. My five-year-old laughed his way through. We get a question, hypothesis, instructions, and conclusions for each experiment, from "What makes fungus grow?" to "Will a piece of bologna fly like a Frisbee?" While there is more mischief than science going on in this book, it is a solid, silly introduction to the scientific method.

The illustrations are an interesting combination of ink and digital media. I liked them.
Mar 26, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
The increasingly-rare picture book that holds the 2nd grader's attention and tickles his sense of humor. I loved the premise, the illustrations, and the silliness.
Oct 17, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beckah
Shelves: j-non-fiction
This was very funny. I want to read it to my visiting 2nd graders, even though I'd planned this whole guessing game theme--experiments are kind of games, right!?
Oct 20, 2011 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Not as good as 17 things i'm not allowed to do anymore but a laugh out loud kind of book
Nov 27, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was ok
I expected REAL, interesting experiments that failed. Instead, they are completely silly. Can a kid live off of snow and ketchup? Results: stomachache, loss of appetite for ketchup, etc....
I appreciate that kids can get exposure to the scientific process: hypothesis, supplies, procedure, results. This book could be helpful in teaching experimentation to early elementary kids in a non-scientific context. By the 11th time, only very few kids will not be pros at the scientific method.
Cassandra Gelvin
Oct 03, 2016 Cassandra Gelvin rated it it was amazing
How to see the world as a scientist.

It's cute. It kind of depicts some experiments that this girl is performing. It does a good job detailing the question, the hypothesis, the necessary ingredients, and the steps that she followed, as well as the results. They're all very weird experiments. There's not a lot of detail like you would have in a real scientific report.

It seems like it's a parent writing down things that the child did in the style of experiments. It's kind of formalizing the experim
Sarah DeWalt
Feb 15, 2015 Sarah DeWalt rated it liked it
"11 Experiments that Failed" is much of a story but it is an easy story for children to relate to and even learn from. It's about this girls who conducts a series of silly experiments that all fail miserable and she winds up getting herself in a lot of trouble. These silly experiments include watering plants with perfume, just to see if it would work, or trying to make stinky cheese less stinky by spray perfume on them. What ended up happening was she got in lot of trouble with her mother using ...more
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: A young girl sets out to prove 11 experiments that unfortunately fail and some that have some pretty bad consequences. One such experiment is "Do dogs like to be covered in glitter?"

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with a mix of pen and ink and digital work. There are real items inserted among the drawings giving them a more 3D look. The pictures are quite nice, full of interesting details for older readers and fun.

THE GOOD: This book starts out really well with a funny exp
I wish I hadn't read this aloud. I guess I hope this will expose her to the scientific method?
Amber Murphy
Jun 01, 2014 Amber Murphy rated it it was amazing
1.) Opening for 11 Experiments that Failed:

The book we are going to read today is 11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. Do you remember a book we have read recently by these authors, that has a similar title? (Student response) In this book, the ornery little girl from our previous story is back! This time she is recalling some experiments that did not work! Have you had any experiences that have not worked out? (Student Response)
I want you to listen to some of her exp
Oct 26, 2013 Conico rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: educators, children
This is one of the best children's science books that I've read. It does a good job showing the scientific method of investigation with Seuss like experiments. What a great way to show kids that any question can be approached scientifically! The experiments were fun, silly, and mischievous. My favorites were seeing if dogs like glitter and growing a fungus garden in a shoe.

Aside from enthusiastically presenting science that can be done by anyone, anywhere, and with anything, the writers also pr
Oct 28, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok
I read "11 Experiments That Failed" with my six-year-old nephew, a veritable connoisseur of both the silly and the scientific. While we got some mild amusement out of it, the premise -- "here are some goofy ideas that would never work as real experiments" -- grew tiresome for us both quickly. If it had gone past eleven experiments, I don't think he would have wanted to finish.

The experiments don't really change their model/format, and the author missed a chance to add a little suspense to get t
Mar 26, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Read this with 8 and 5 year old girls and it was like sitting with a sitcom laugh track as they chuckled over literally every page. This one came out about five years ago, but I was attracted to it after reading Sparky! by Jenny Offill. It takes us through 11 of the craziest experiments a kid could create. The descriptions use steps that we would likely be teaching to beginning science students using vocab like hypothesis but that is really for a second or third reading. My kids were laughing so ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Elaina rated it liked it
Plot: A scientist (little girl) has questions/hypothesizes that she wants to find the answers to. She uses the scientific process to help answer her questions. For example, 'Can a message be sent in a bottle to a faraway land?' which seems pretty simple but then the little girl conducts the experiment in the bathroom!

Setting: This story takes place in the little girl's home.

Characters: Little girl and her family

Point of View: The questions are asked in 3rd person but then the results are answer
Jan 07, 2016 Ronda rated it really liked it

Was a little concerned at first that the story wasn't so much a story as a logbook of steps, hypotheses and results. I had more than a few puzzled looms from students when I started reading, not a story, but steps, but they soon got the idea. Between the dry, scientific delivery of the words and the accompanying illustrations, there were a few good belly laughs.
Paired this book with a bio of Mae Jemison and The Science Project That Almost Ate the School. This book is a humorous way to talk about
Feb 15, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it
Well I sure was thrown off! I thought this was going to be historical experiments that failed and ended up as now-important inventions or something, I dunno. Anyways, it wasn't. And then I realized I recognized the illustrations from an awesome book called 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore... which I LOVE.

So after I came to terms with the fact that this was fictional, I adored it. Super quirky and cute. I also love that kids will know the word "hypothesis" and the steps to preparing for a
Jenna Smith
Nov 09, 2014 Jenna Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
11 Experiments That Failed is a cute quirky book that not only has hilarious science experiments gone wrong, but it also introduces keys words in the process of creating science projects. This book helps readers learn the process of forming a hypothesis and performing steps to create an experiment. The experiments in this book, such as finding out if gerbils would like bigger wheels, shows readers that although a science experiment may not go as planned, you are still learning from it!

** This bo
Nov 18, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I used this book to launch an activity in our after school library program called "Page Turners." I had students research a few of the "failed" experiments before we read the book to see if the experiment could actually succeed. Some of the failed experiments are just plain kid-silly in the book, and others have you wondering. For instance, could you REALLY wash dishes in the washing machine? Or is it really bad for a kid to eat a bunch of snow? Anyway, we had a lot of fun with it together, but ...more
Katie Ellis
This book was extremely creative and cute! I think that this book would be really good to read when teaching about the basics of the scientific method. The girl in the book goes through 11 funny experiments that fail miserably and get her into a lot of trouble, however, it does teach how to form a question, hypothesis, the materials needed, the steps to perform with data, and the conclusion. The experiments that the main character does would make kids of any age laugh, even middle school. Howeve ...more
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Jenny Offill is an American author born in Massachusetts. Her first novel Last Things was published in 1999 was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A Times First Book Award.

She is also the co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books She teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Queens Univ
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