THE CASE OF THE SLIDING SPACESHIP by Melinda Long

THE CASE OF THE SLIDING SPACESHIP

From the "Art Smart, Science Detective" series, volume 1
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 9 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young sleuth observes and reasons his way to the true nature of an apparent UFO.

His mom may claim that “not everything can be explained with logic and reason,” but those tools serve 10-year-old Art well—whether the mystery involves missing chocolate kisses (“The evidence was right there on my dad’s face”) or the weird purple blotch that swims into view when he aims his telescope at the night sky. True, the latter sight does have him and his three friends covering the garage windows, “shoving” peanut butter in their ears to ward off hypnotic voices (“It works better than cotton”), and calling the police. Amid the ruckus, though, Art suddenly notices that the blotch is in the same position no matter where the telescope points…and with a wet wipe solves the mystery. Along the way, the author slips in references to some constellations, a mnemonic phrase to keep the planets in order, and other useful bits of knowledge. Art even steps out between each chapter to deliver brief lectures, and an epilogue offers young stargazers leads to further information about Galileo and the constellations. The figures in Wyrick’s illustrations, though immobile of face and artificial of pose, do add some diversity by casting Robbie as black and Jason as a boy of color; Art and Amy are white.

A brief but lively episode for young STEM pullers, easily bearing a substantial informational load. (Mystery. 9-11)

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-61117-935-4
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Young Palmetto Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2018




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