Reviews for Stunning Science of Everything
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
This book undertakes a gargantuan task. From the Big Bang through myriad lifeforms, frenzied pages relentlessly seek to inform and entertain readers through some potty humor and a cast of characters exploring various scientific facts. Sidebars, cartoons, charts, and other visual aids abound. Readers who like this approach will find reliable science here. Timeline. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 February
Gr 4-8-This humorous look at science combines colorful cartoons and writing that ranges from lighthearted to silly and conveys a lot of interesting information. Starting with the Big Bang, the book moves quickly from small (atoms, microbes, and bugs) to big (humans, dinosaurs, and the universe). Each page is filled with cartoon drawings in a variety of visual presentations. A wanted poster introduces a deadly bacterium; film panels describe possible Earth-destroying disasters; and "awful animals" are presented through "secret diary" entries (in which a naked mole rat complains about having to "feed my baby brothers and sisters with my own poo"). Several humorous, but also informational, features recur throughout the book: "Brainy Boffins" are mini-profiles of famous scientists; "stunning science fact files" and "Bet you never knew!" boxes offer impressive tidbits of information; and the "shrinking scientists" are three cartoon characters who investigate DNA molecules, toilet water, and other interesting phenomena. Some readers may find it hard to extract useful knowledge from the barrage of humor, but for others the presentation might be just right. Reinforcing the concept of the electromagnetic force with the fact that "your bum is floating" above your chair, for instance, may be an unconventional approach, but it's also attention-getting, memorable, and accurate. The heavy doses of visual and verbal comedy are built around basic science and a plentiful array of fascinating facts, making this a strong choice for booktalkers and reluctant readers.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2007 February
Combining what might be boring scientific fact with busy colorful graphics appears at first glance to be a match made in heaven. Arnold enlists the aid of a crazy cast of characters to tackle the wonders of the universe and-almost-everything in it, starting with the big bang and running through the projected end of the solar system. Breaking up the study of life into small parts (atoms) and large parts (the explosive earth), text is interspersed with comic book-style graphics, jokes, recipes, and general silliness to lead the reader through the world of science Although the idea for a graphic science book is sound, this one combines facts, information, and text at a much more advanced level than the childlike pictures and captions would lead the reader to expect. Youth enticed by the pictures will likely be put off by the depth of information and language usage, while readers looking for a good sound read through a science text might feel demeaned by the cartoonish graphics and silly attempts to entertain. The lack of index will make it difficult for students trying to put together a school report. Purchase as an extra title for an already strong science collection.-Angie Hammond Glossary. Illus. Photos. Charts. 2Q 2P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.