Verily, what every elementary school library doth need…

… is a copy of Compound of Alchemy, a “most excellent, learned, and worthy work” by George Ripley, reprinted by Kessinger Publishing. I cannot recommend this title highly enough.

With its eye-catching cover, this title is sure to fly off the shelves!

With its eye-catching cover, this title is sure to fly off the shelves!

Librarians: how many times have your young students come to you, clutching a lump of lead or copper in their grubby hands, desperate to turn it into gold? I’ve lost count. There is just some information that the internet doesn’t have, and that is why we can turn to the esteemed work of Mr. Ripley, circa 1471. As long as they brush up on their Middle English, this text is simple and easy to follow:

Erth is turnyd into Water, eh?

Erth is turnyd into Water, eh?

How IS the fubftance of an Egg wrought into a Chyk, George?

How IS the fubftance of an Egg wrought into a Chyk, George?

At a slim 190 pages, this handy guidebook is the perfect choice for budding pseudo-scientists – or, indeed, anyone who likes to swap f for s at will – and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the under-12 set.

Plus! There are BONUS MYSTICAL PICTURES, guys! Unrelated to the book itself – just for your enjoyment.

Fair warning

Fair warning

These two must be up to something

These two must be up to fomething

A double headed dragon!

A double headed dragon!

We anxiously await the hordes rushing to get their hands on this gem of a title.

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