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"It is years since your uncle disappeared in the Amazon, but you are determined to find him. Can you crack Rainforest Riddles and Biology Brain-Teasers to find your way through the jungle? Or will the tangle of trees lead you into a trap?"
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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Life science is more than diagrams and hard-to-pronounce vocabulary words, and that concept is taken to new heights as Dan Green and Basher collaborate to present an engaging introduction to the many aspects of biology, the study of life. Charles Darwin kicks off the book, which is divided into sections focusing on building blocks, life forms, body parts, and plant life. The book is unique in that it does not have a traditional narrative; rather, after an introduction to the chapter, each subtopic is featured on a one- or two-page spread presented from the first person point of view. Each character provides an overview of its function and conveys its most significant information in a fresh, sassy, and smart dialogue with the reader. Vibrant, quirky, cartoon-style illustrations as well as more detailed, scientific illustrations give concrete images of such microscopic organisms as mitochondria and DNA, while a glossary and an index make the book easier to use for reference. Human and plant reproduction are addressed scientifically but in the same playful tone as the rest of the book. This edition includes a poster with detailed illustrations of various human systems, such as muscular, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive. Colorful and unusual, this modern approach to biology will grab kids' attention and hopefully encourage them to search for more in-depth information in other books. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
One page each is devoted to entries covering diverse topics from mitochondria, bacteria, and amphibians to T cells, chlorophyll, and fruit. Entries classify the item, highlight three important points, provide a sassy description, and conclude with three interesting facts. The bold and colorful Japanese-influenced graphics anthropomorphize scientific components, adding to the title's appeal for young readers or older reluctant readers trying to get a handle on the basics of biology. A lot of information, some basic and some quite advanced, is introduced, and the book is therefore a bit more unwieldy than Adrian Dingle's The Periodic Table (2007) and Green's Physics (2008, both Kingfisher). However, it is a fun, albeit brief, introduction to a vast topic.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
Read an Excerpt
A Brilliant Biology Adventure!
It is years since your uncle disappeared in the Amazon, but you are determined to find him. Can you crack Rainforest Riddles and biology brain-teasers to find your way through the jungle? Or will the tangle of trees lead you into a trap?
Make your way through this thrilling adventure, using your scientific knowledge to decide how the plot unfolds. Complete your mission and become a science whizz!