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Basher Books for Grown Ups


My son Bruce(8.5) loves Basher Books so much that he reads them over and over again. I still don’t exactly understand the appeal, but appreciate how much he’s learned. If Trivial Pursuit ever becomes popular again, I want Bruce on my team.

Today at the bookstore I came across The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics by Clifford Pickford. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a Basher Book for adults.


I am very sensitive to violating copyrights, so I’m not going to share an interior picture, but this book has topics like “St. Petersburg Paradox” on the left-hand page, and then a really cool picture on the right. Sound familiar?

I bought this book for myself, but I’m pretty sure Bruce will read it too, especially if I leave it on the kitchen table next to his cereal.

FYI: My version is leather bound and cost $20 at Barnes & Noble. The paperback version on Amazon is a lot cheaper.

Basher Books

Have you heard of Basher books?

I’m not actually a fan, but my 7 year old son Bruce is.

I bought Bruce the Rocks and Minerals book and Periodic Table edition a year ago, and they just sat on the shelf for about six months. Then, last summer he became obsessed. He read them over and over again and started asking me a bunch of physics questions that I had no idea how to answer.

So I bribed him.

I told Bruce that if he finished all of the Classic Start books we own, that I would buy him more Basher Books. (I love bribing kids with books!)

Now we own seven Basher Books, and the only one Bruce actively dislikes is the Grammar book. (That one might be sitting on the shelf for a while.)

For those of you who have never seen a Basher Book before, they use cartoonish drawings and funny descriptions to explain nonfiction vocabulary words and concepts. I don’t particularly find them very engaging. But maybe that’s because I’m not seven!

P.S. I’m adding Basher Books to my Grandma, Please Buy This page.  Here are some links to Amazon so you can explore Basher Books for yourself: