MONSTER SCIENCE by Helaine Becker


Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World?
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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The science behind the myth—or are there really monsters in our world?

From Frankenstein’s creation to Nessie, Becker uses the creatures of our scariest stories as a springboard for an introduction to the scientific understandings that might make such creatures possible—or impossible. In addition to man-made monsters and legendary sea creatures, she covers vampires, zombies, werewolves, and wild, humanlike creatures like Bigfoot. Chapter by chapter, she provides references from literature, film, and popular culture, including a bit of science, a bit of history, and a plentiful helping of humor. She includes numerous monster facts, suggests weapons of defense, and concludes each section with a test-yourself quiz. Science topics covered range widely: electricity, genetic engineering, “demonic diseases,” the nature of our blood and the circulatory system, the possibility of immortality, animal classification, evolution, cannibalism, optical illusions, heredity, hoaxes, and the very real profession of cryptozoology, or the search for hitherto unidentified creatures. Explanations are clear though sometimes oversimplified; they’ll provide readers with an acquaintance with the topic and its vocabulary but probably not real understanding. Lively design and zany cartoon illustrations add to the appeal. There is an index but, sadly, no sources or suggestions for further explorations by readers who will be wanting to know more.

Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-77138-054-6
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2016


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