Books by Jeff Szpirglas

Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"A good choice for middle-grade readers looking for something smart and scary. (Horror. 8-13)"
Thirteen short stories to creep out kids. Read full book review >
WILD CARDS by Jeff Szpirglas
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Read full book review >
EVIL EYE by Jeff Szpirglas
Released: June 15, 2013

"The plot is hardly ever credible, but readers will be too scared to notice. And the best horror stories don't need to make any more sense than a dream—or a nightmare. (Horror. 9-12)"
Some kids have been waiting their entire lives for a book about a floating eyeball, even if they didn't know it. This is that book. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2011

"A human is a pretty wild thing," argues the author of this collection of curious facts and intriguing studies about human behavior. With a breezy text supported by a lively design, the author of Gross Universe (2004) again presents science in a way certain to attract middle-grade and middle-school readers. Chapters on the senses, emotions, communication and interactions with other human beings cover a variety of topics, each on headlined double-page spreads. Each chapter includes a description of "a cool study" organized into appropriate sections: question, observation, experiment (illustrated with step by step cartoons), results and summary. "Are you an animal?" sidebars describe comparable animal behavior. From dirty diapers to canned laughter to body language, he finds topics that both appeal and enlighten. Directly addressing readers, he invites participation by asking questions—"How are you sitting right now?" "Does smell affect your dreams?" "Does your heart race when….?"—and draws them in further with do-it-yourself experiments. A section on good manners even includes guidelines for behavior at a concert—differentiating between classical and rock. The digital art includes bits of photographs, line drawings, the use of color and shapes to help organize the print and plenty of symbols. No specific sources are cited, but an extensive list of experts is acknowledged. Popular science through and through, you can't help enjoying this. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

Face it, Szpirglas tells us, the world we live in is definitely gross—and we're pretty yucky, too. Read on, and you'll find yourself up to your oily, sweaty, bacteria-filled armpits in verifiable facts and figures about the mighty microbial wildlife that breeds and excretes in and on all living things. Cho's colorful cartoon scientists, A and B, lead readers through an intimate examination of topics inappropriate for the dinner-table. Chapter titles like "Mad About Mucus," "What a Gas!," "Mind your Pees and Q's," and "V is for Vomit" will entice readers to delve into their favorite foul and fascinating facts; and while certainly less than clinical, broad comic-strip illustrations throughout provide lighthearted visual context and appeal for those who delight in the disgusting. Szpirglas, who describes himself as "Just a guy who happens to think weird animals and gross facts are cool," lists 38 researchers and experts consulted in an impressive concluding page of "Amazingly Awesome Acknowledgments." (Nonfiction. 8-11)Read full book review >