From the authors of Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and, more recently, Math Curse, comes this collection of witty scientific poems, It all begins with a boy sitting in science class and finding that he's hearing his lesson entirely in verse. He thinks about the scientific method in the cadence of "Casey at the Bat," and Edgar Alien Poe's "The Raven" is transformed into a verse about dinosaurs. The subject matter is diverse, from a short tribute to Charles Darwin and evolutionary theory to a slightly longer look at the Big Bang that begins "Twas the night before Christmas" ....The scientific concepts touched on are generally quite simple, but the verses always bring a smile. One example: "Eenie, meenie, mynie, mo. / Catch a virus, watch it grow. / Once it's got you, it won't go. / Eenie, meanie, my--oh no!" The book is beautifully illustrated and includes a compact disc of the poems. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Viking 2004, 40 p., color Illus., hardcover, $16.90.
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|Date:||Sep 25, 2004|
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