Joe-Joe the Wizard Brews Up Solids, Liquids, and Gases


Joe Joe the wizard has a problem. His spell to turn homework into chocolate bars has gone to syrup! Come along to learn how solids, liquids, and gases help Joe Joe with his sticky mess.

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Joe Joe the wizard has a problem. His spell to turn homework into chocolate bars has gone to syrup! Come along to learn how solids, liquids, and gases help Joe Joe with his sticky mess.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Different states of matter are part of wizard training and magic can make a bar of chocolate go from solid to liquid to gas and back again. Part of a new series of picture books that uses a fictitious narrative to describe basic science, this book focuses on chemistry. We follow Joe-Joe, a young wizard so hapless that he accidently doubled his name. Wizard school is still a hot topic, and the science reasonably accurate (though a chemist may grimace at the idea of a chocolate cloud), so this book is an asset to the shelf. I like the pictures, especially big chocolate syrup spill, which emphasizes that liquids flow and would take on the shape of the container if a container were there. Braun and Boyden had a great deal of fun. Kids will laugh at the drawings and Joe-Joe's mishaps. However, I'm not convinced that the magic is necessary, and perhaps distances the students from things they experience every day. Even the youngest reader knows that ice, held in your hand, becomes water. While the temperatures are discussed, the teacher or parent may have to re-introduce these topics, making sure readers understand the real world shape shifting of matter. Backmatter for the book includes a glossary, lists for further reading, Internet Sites via FactHound—a Capstone site that promises to keep the links safe—and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404872387
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: In the Science Lab Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,376,272
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Braun is a strange and handsome man who has written dozens of books for kids and teens, sometimes while wearing a hat. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and sons and gecko. Learn more at

Robinlives in Cheltenham, UK, working as an Illustrator and animator. In 2007, I graduated with first class honours in Illustration from University College Falmouth and am currently undertaking a Masters in Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire.

My work I has a range of uses, and have worked with clients in editorial, publishing, advertising and animation.

I occasionally tutor on University courses and am also the founder of Paperfox, a collaborative unit and illustration resource site, as well as working on new ventures.

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