Get a Sneak Peek at XKCD Creator Randall Munroe's New Book

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We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learnin’ about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s upcoming book of explainer drawings, THING EXPLAINER: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. We’ve got a sneak peek for you, below.

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The book is a series of annotated blueprints that explain everything from ballpoint pens to the solar system using just line drawings and the thousand most common English words.

We got a previous at some of the artwork. Below, the Mars Curiosity Rover gets the Munroe treatment. (Click the top left corner to embiggen.)

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Illustration for article titled Get a Sneak Peek at XKCD Creator Randall Munroes New Book

THING Explainer comes out on November 24. Yes please.

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Noooooo! RANDALL WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

If all the comics like this, I will only buy the book to read to my kids, if that. I want real scientific jargon to sink my teeth into (and look up on explainXKCD.com later), man, not this dumbed-down stuff.

I’m really not sure what the target audience here is....(I really hope he’s just trolling and the rest of the book is actually adult-level material).