Monster Science (Hardcover)

Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World?

By Helaine Becker, Phil McAndrew (Illustrator)

Kids Can Press, 9781771380546, 96pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

List Price: 18.95*
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?What if the terrifying creatures of your nightmares were indeed prowling the big, wide world beyond your blankie?? begins the intriguing premise of this book. ?Could they really exist? And if so, how?? In a completely original approach to exploring science, award-winning author Helaine Becker places six different kinds of monsters --- Frankenstein, vampires, bigfoot, zombies, werewolves and sea monsters --- under her microscope to expose the proven scientific principles behind the legends. For example, the chapter on Frankenstein delves into how electricity and organ transplants work in the human body, and whether they could really bring someone back to life --- all presented in short, readable sections. There's also historical background on each monster, as well as trivia and jokes in sidebars, and fun quizzes at the end of every chapter for readers to test their knowledge. Becker uses the never-ending appetite for all things monster to engage the imaginations of children and get them excited about science. The just-ghoulish-and-icky-enough illustrations by Phil McAndrew are pitch-perfect, drenched with child-friendly humor. This is a book with tremendous cross-curricular applications in life, earth and physical sciences, as well as in literature (myths and legends), history and literacy skills. With its playful spirit, this is also a book children will happily pick up and devour on their own.

About the Author

Helaine Becker is an award-winning children's author. She has written over seventy books, including the #1 Canadian National Bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Praise For Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World?

... a worthwhile read for a wide range of readers.—Resource Links

... this title will appeal to science educators as a supplemental resource for classroom activities.—School Library Journal

... as intriguing as the weirdness of life itself.—The Toronto Star

... an inspired idea ...—Quill & Quire

Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact.—Kirkus Reviews

Readers looking for a scare will not be disappointed, but will also find themselves laughing and learning something new along the way.—School Library Connection