The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

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In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Max Axiom as he explains the science behind plant and animal cells.
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In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Max Axiom as he explains the science behind plant and animal cells.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Super scientist Max Axiom takes his nephew on a field trip to search for plankton samples and winds up introducing readers to the world of cells in this addition to the "Max Axiom, Super Scientist" series. After shrinking himself down to microscopic size, Max gets readers up close and personal to eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, then takes them into both animal and plant cells to showcase how various organelles work within cells to produce proteins and food. Readers also get to learn about the different stages of cell division and spend time briefly learning about different types of animal cells such as brain, muscle, and skin cells. It is a decent, if very basic, introduction to cell life for young children, but where other "Max Axiom" books such as A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy address controversies related to the science (such as the dangers of burning fossil fuels to generate power), The Basics of Cell Life glosses over some potentially interesting topics, particularly the controversial way stem cells can be used in medicine (while the subject is mentioned, it is relegated to a minor blurb). Considering the book is intended only as a primer for basic science, it is a minor flaw, but it does keep the book from introducing kids to some fascinating areas in science. Reviewer: Michael Jung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429634144
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Killer Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 791,652
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

Tod Smith grew up in Rhode Island, where he attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He started working in comics in the 1980s, and has been an illustrator for comics and books ever since. He loves to play music in his free time, and when he was in middle school, the Beatles inspired him to start to play the guitar. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Candace.

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2009

    A fun way to learn!

    Max is an entertaining guide through the wonders of the cell. Kids will learn lots, teachers can have fun with this.

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