Pocket Genius Button

When you’re a child, there’s something extra special about small things. Perhaps it’s the novelty factor or perhaps it’s because they fit so comfortably in your little hands. Either way, small is special in our home and the kiddos were very excited when Dorling Kindersley sent us four of their ‘Pocket Genius’ guides to check out.

Evey went for the copy of “Rocks & Minerals” straight away. She is fascinated by crystals and gemstones, so I wasn’t surprised to hear she wanted this for her “Crystal Kit” – the backpack in which she carries around a little rock hammer, some soft paintbrushes, gloves, goggles and Ziploc bags. The pocket genius is perfect for this kit – small, light weight and succinctly informative.

The book begins with short sections about ‘Our rocky planet,’ ‘What are rocks?’ and ‘What are minerals?’ then splits into two chapters – Rocks and Minerals, finishing off with the periodic table, a facts section, and a glossary.

SIzeLooking at the book together we learned about metamorphic rocks, meteorites, oxides, carbonates, and silicates and Evey can now tell you all about “The Wave” a beautiful sandstone formation in Arizona.

Gabriel, of course, pounced on the dinosaurs book and shared it straight away with his favorite dinosaurs.

Pocket genius dinosaurs inside

Of course every ankylosaurus officinardo is going to check what is written about their favourite dinosaur first and Gabriel was no exception. The entry for each dinosaur has informarion about the dates they lived, where their fossils are found, their size, their habitat and their diet. There is also a colour illistration and a sillohettte of the dinosaur next to a human outline in order to demonstrate size as well as a prononciation guide – what else would a budding palientologist need?

Of course, both of the kiddies  liked the animals pocket genius, and here you can see why:

Animals cover

Animals Birds Animals Frogs Animals Reptiles

Finally, we received the pocket genius cars which is also crammed full of interesting facts and useful information about familiar and unfamiliar cars from around the world and as you can see it is just as beautifully illustrated as the rest of the series.

Cars Cover

Cars 3 Cars Convertables Cars Factory

Discover the entire series here!



  1. Oh I love the fact that you can carry around these in the pocket. My son would love this. We homeschool too and this is an awesome idea!

  2. These are awesome! My son would have gone for the dinosaurs, too. I liked to keep books like this in the car for road trips.


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