Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science

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These clever riddle-rhymes cover everything from dinosaurs to gravity. The illustrations incorporate clues about the riddles, and the answers themselves are subtly included for anyone who needs a little extra help.
     Endnotes expand on Albert Einstein, the solar system, and other fascinating scientific topics.

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Overview


These clever riddle-rhymes cover everything from dinosaurs to gravity. The illustrations incorporate clues about the riddles, and the answers themselves are subtly included for anyone who needs a little extra help.
     Endnotes expand on Albert Einstein, the solar system, and other fascinating scientific topics.

A collection of poems that describe people, places, and things associated with science, including oxygen, the ocean, and germs.

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Publishers Weekly
Silly rhymes in Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, a companion to Arithme-Tickle, offer basic scientific knowledge for curious readers in poems that are both educational and entertaining. For "A Threat of Sweat," Lewis writes, "Whenever you visit Miami/ What is it that makes you so clammy?" The upside-down answer: "Humidity." (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This clever book takes an innovative approach to teaching children about science. Instead of listing various facts that are important to learn, the author Frank Remkiewicz allows readers to draw from what they know in order to solve various riddles. Since both the riddles and their answers are written out on the same page, this is an excellent book to read aloud to children in order to test and expand their knowledge of science. The illustrations are whimsical, humorous and occasionally beautiful. Several pictures are filled with fish and animals that are haphazardly labeled with their names. However, since the illustrations are not very detailed and the labeled images are only tangentially related to the topic of the riddle on the page, the labels are more decorative than informative. Nevertheless, the pictures are right in tune with the light-hearted fun of the text and the riddles are a challenging alternative to the usual textbook approach to science. 2004, Silver Whistle/Harcourt, Ages 6 to 9.
—Rihoko Ueno
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These amusing rhyming-verse riddles touch on a variety of science topics and concepts. The jokes are lively, entertaining, and moderately challenging, with answers provided on the bottoms of the pages. Lewis includes a page of notes for readers who are driven to find more information about the topics. The colorful and detailed cartoon illustrations call to mind the work of Michael Martchenko. The riddles are printed on what is designed to look like loose-leaf sheets that are then incorporated into the larger pictures. The text and illustrations reinforce the atmosphere of learning while having fun, and the book works well as a read-aloud and for independent reading.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lewis follows up Arithme-tickle (2002) with a more broadly themed collection of rhymed riddles, encompassing topics as diverse as astronomy, electricity, maps, and the Zero. Most of the verse is typically effervescent-"I am expressible / only by decibel"-and riddle-impaired readers will not only find plenty of visual clues supplied by a crew of children in Remkiewicz's bright cartoon scenes, but the answers themselves, printed upside down at the bottom of each page. Though some of the writing is less than first-rate-Einstein's formulas are "So amazing, they contain / Stuff exclusively for brains!"-and the smudged, discolored sheets of notebooks paper on which each poem is placed give the art an unpleasantly oily look, there is plenty here to engage both the minds and the funnybones of young readers. (explanatory end notes) (Poetry. 7-10)
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"There is plenty here to engage both the minds and the funny bones of young readers."--Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152166816
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


J. PATRICK LEWIS has written more than thirty-five books for children, including Please Bury Me in the Library, illustrated by Kyle M. Stone. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

FRANK REMKIEWICZ
is best known for his illustrations in the beloved Froggy series. He has illustrated more than sixty books for young people, most recently Horrible Harry and the Goog, the newest installment in the popular Horrible Harry series. He lives on the gulf coast of Florida.
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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Puzzels are fun to share

    I query my grandkids with these facts. Really fun.

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