If you're wondering what a fallacy is, the very first sentence of the book defines it as "an error in logic -- a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking." Sometimes we do this unintentionally, but sometimes these fallacies are used intentionally to mislead consumers and the general public. The ability to recognize fallacies is important.My first reaction to the book when it arrived was that the cover design is very catchy and pleasing, and the softcover book was well-made. The 9" x 6.5" size is nice to hold, larger than a standard paperback, but not as bulky as a full-size text book. Its design, with the cartoons and short lessons, is appealing to myself and my students.The book is divided into 38 logic lessons. Each lesson begins with a concise and enjoyable description of that fallacy, complete with cartoons to help illustrate the point. Then there are a variety of exercises to help you understand the fallacy and identify it in the world around you. The lessons rely heavily on discussion to help students assimilate the information.My plans were to use this book with my 12 and 14 year old daughters, doing one lesson together at a time. That backfired when my 14 year old (9th grader) ran off with the book and began to devour it. She was fascinated with learning to identify the fallacies, and quickly read through the book. The Fallacy Detective is an excellent logic book for junior and senior high students. It will give students a foundation in logic that will help them think critically about the information surrounding them in life. It will also give them an advantage in school subjects like essay writing, speech, and debate. Its format is easy to use, enjoyable, and most importantly ... effective in teaching the fallacies.** This item was provided free, in exchange for my honest review. **
In todays world of sound bites and mini interviews the skills in The Fallacy Detective is vital. Another wonderful side to this book is that it is written from a christian perspective. This book is listed as ages 12 and older. If you have a gifted child this book can be used earlier, when they are ready for more independent thinking. If you have a child with social understanding issues such as Aspergers this is a must! It gives an unique but quantifiable insight for a child on the spectrum into understanding social and logic issues. I am thrilled to be able to work through this book with my family! Thank you for the clear look into the murky waters of logic!