Science Verse

Science Verse

Hardback Golden Duck Awards. Picture Book (Awards)

By (author) Jon Scieszka, By (author) Lane Smith, Illustrated by Lane Smith

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Hardback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 282mm x 284mm x 10mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 23 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0670910570
  • ISBN 13: 9780670910571
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 67,262

Product description

What if a boring lesson about the food chain becomes a sing-aloud celebration about predators and prey? A twinkle-twinkle little star transforms into a twinkle-less, sunshine-eating-and-rhyming-Black Hole? What if amoebas, combustion, metamorphosis, viruses, the creation of the universe are all irresistible, laugh out loud poetry? Well, you're thinking in science verse, that's what. And if you can't stop the rhymes the atomic joke is on you. Only the amazing talents of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith could make science so much fun.

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Author information

Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books. Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH. He lives in New York.

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"Clever and often droll, the verse ably juggles facts, meter, and rhyme schemes and usually reflects a student's point of view: grossed out by the human body, bored by yet another year of dinosaur study, more concerned about writing down the right answer than getting at the truth....A beautifully designed book--intelligent, irreverent, inviting, and downright irresistible."--Booklist, starred review

Editorial reviews

In 1995, Mrs. Fibonacci laid a Math Curse; this year, it's Mr. Newton who says, " . . . if you listen closely enough, you can hear the poetry of science in everything." What follows is a madcap collection of science poetry that lampoons familiar songs ("Glory, glory, evolution") and poems ("Once in first grade I was napping"). The whole lacks the zany unity of its predecessor, opting for an impressionistic tour of scientific terms and principles; the illustrations are less integrated into the text as well, if individually often quite inspired (a set of antiqued nursery rhyme panels are just perfect). Some of the poems rise to the level of near genius (" 'Twas fructose, and the vitamins / Did zinc and dye [red #8]"), while others settle for the satisfyingly gross ("Mary had a little worm. / She thought it was a chigger"). If this offering falls short of the standard set by Math Curse, it will nevertheless find an eager audience, who will hope that the results of Mr. Picasso's curse will soon be forthcoming. (Poetry. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews)