The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom, Super Scientistby Amber Keyser, Barbara Schulz, Matt Webb
In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Max Axiom as he explains the science behind plant and animal cells.
Children's Literature - Michael JungSuper 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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