- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (Sept. 6 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771380543
- ISBN-13: 978-1771380546
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.3 x 26 cm
- Shipping Weight: 590 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World? Hardcover – Sep 6 2016
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... a worthwhile read for a wide range of readers.―Resource Links
... this title will appeal to science educators as a supplemental resource for classroom activities.―School Library Journal
... as intriguing as the weirdness of life itself.―The Toronto Star
... an inspired idea ...―Quill & Quire
Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact.―Kirkus Reviews
Readers looking for a scare will not be disappointed, but will also find themselves laughing and learning something new along the way.―School Library Connection
About the Author
Helaine Becker is an award-winning children's author. She has written over seventy books, including the #1 Canadian National Bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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The book is very cleverly divided into topics by monster. So, the teaching examples are Frankenstein, Vampires, Bigfoot, Zombies, Werewolves, and Sea Monsters. Consider Frankenstein. Here are the mini-topics we touch on: the original Mary Shelley story, other lonely monsters in literature, 18th century anatomy experiments involving electricity and the work of Luigi Galvani, principles of electricity and the work of Volta, mad scientists through history and literature, cardiac arrest and defibrillation, neurons and the nervous system, organ transplants, grave robbing, and genetic engineering. Are you kidding me? And every monster topic covers equally broad ground with page after page of interesting factoids, asides, illustrations, and related scientific digressions. ("Vampires" focuses on blood and circulation; "Sasquatch" on evolution and rare animals; "Zombies" on exotic diseases, and so on.)
I honestly don't think I've ever encountered a book that so well combines funny yucky-squishy stuff, goofy illustrations, and challenging but age appropriate science instruction. This book is an absolue goldmine for any kid, (like my grandson "T"), who likes non-fiction, but also can't resist a good monster angle.
What a clever premise, and what great execution. A downright exciting find.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Each section opens with the story of a "monster" - think Frankenstein, zombies, werewolves. Then, the author goes through all the science that would be necessary to make the stories true. For instance, in the werewolf section, we learn about the various myths of werewolves, their abilities and characteristics, and how to stop them. Then the science comes in... could a half wolf / half human hybrid really exist? How are characteristics inherited from your parents? Could genetic engineering create a hybrid? Are there diseases that would imitate werewolf appearance or behavior?
This book would be a good science read for those who love science and monsters! It also has plenty of "real" scientific information, and could form the spine of a very fun science study or course.