Monster Science

Helaine Becker
Phil McAndrew

“What if the terrifying creatures of your nightmares were indeed prowling the big, wide world beyond your blankie?” begins the intriguing premise of this book. “Could they really exist? And if so, how?” In a completely original approach to exploring science, award-winning author Helaine Becker places six different kinds of monsters --- Frankenstein, vampires, bigfoot, zombies, werewolves and sea monsters --- under her microscope to expose the proven scientific principles behind the legends. For example, the chapter on Frankenstein delves into how electricity and organ transplants work in the human body, and whether they could really bring someone back to life --- all presented in short, readable sections. There's also historical background on each monster, as well as trivia and jokes in sidebars, and fun quizzes at the end of every chapter for readers to test their knowledge. Becker uses the never-ending appetite for all things monster to engage the imaginations of children and get them excited about science. The just-ghoulish-and-icky-enough illustrations by Phil McAndrew are pitch-perfect, drenched with child-friendly humor. This is a book with tremendous cross-curricular applications in life, earth and physical sciences, as well as in literature (myths and legends), history and literacy skills. With its playful spirit, this is also a book children will happily pick up and devour on their own.

978-1-77138-054-6 | Sep 6, 2016
List Price: USD $18.95, CAD $19.95
4-color 9 x 10 96 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2016
“... this title will appeal to science educators as a supplemental resource for classroom activities.”
— School Library Journal, July 2016
“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, November 2016
“... an inspired idea ...”
— Quill & Quire, November 2016
“... a worthwhile read for a wide range of readers.”
— Resource Links, December 2016
“... as intriguing as the weirdness of life itself.”
— The Toronto Star, December 2016
2018 - Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, Honour Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2018 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, Non-Fiction, RMBA, Short-listed
2017 - 2017-2018 Children's Book Award, Hackmatack, Short-listed
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2016 - Eureka! Silver Award, California Reading Association, Winner
2016 - Best Bets Junior Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2016 - Youth Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Short-listed
2016 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed

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