Super Science: Matter Matters!

Overview

It’s pop-up chemistry chaos in this novelty-packed exploration of the science of matter.

This new science series is a breath of fresh air, explaining key elements of science in a fun, straightforward way. The engaging, lighthearted text is perfectly complemented by the humorous, comic-book style illustrations. Explore atoms, molecules, reactions, elements, radioactivity and other aspects of chemistry with interactive novelties and fun ...

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Overview

It’s pop-up chemistry chaos in this novelty-packed exploration of the science of matter.

This new science series is a breath of fresh air, explaining key elements of science in a fun, straightforward way. The engaging, lighthearted text is perfectly complemented by the humorous, comic-book style illustrations. Explore atoms, molecules, reactions, elements, radioactivity and other aspects of chemistry with interactive novelties and fun experiment suggestions on every spread.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Pop-up chemistry is a great idea. This thirty-two page picture book offers an introduction to chemistry for fairly young readers who like books that move. From the 3D model of a boron atom, to the pull tab that shows why water molecules stick together, these interactive creations are fun. And for the most part, very well-written. Water, Adams explains is weird. "...It behaves oddly because its molecule is bent, which keeps its electrons from spreading out evenly. One end of the molecule goes a bit negative, the other a bit positive." Topics covered include an overall description of the atom, states of matter, types of chemical reactions, water, air, acids and bases, living—or organic—chemistry, and radioactivity. Each topic takes up two pages. Pull-tabs, spinning wheels, and a few pop-up pieces offer a concrete rendering of the chemical events that happen at an atomic level. My complaint with this book is the opening two pages, basically the introduction, have a couple of inaccuracies or over simplifications. However, those pages should not make you skip the rest of book, which is fun and energizing. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Kirkus Reviews
Lots of flaps and the occasional pull-tab or pop-up don't make these swift passes at chemistry any less superficial. The book skims in no particular order over atoms and elements, states of matter (covering only three), water, air, chemical reactions, acids and bases, biochemistry and radioactivity. Each single-topic spread offers a jumble of cartoon figures and shaped or generic flaps--many of which are hinged to provide additional space for such less-than-rigorously-factual observations as "Soap molecules have long tails that love grease. Their heads love water. They clean by surrounding grease blobs and sticking their tails into them." Similar tidbits scattered on and around the flaps and a scanty assortment of other movable parts offer chemistry basics, introductions to a handful of famous scientists and a few easy demonstrations like the messy but tired Mentos-and–diet-soda geyser. Younger flapoholics are unlikely to absorb much of the content, and older lab rats will do better with more systematic surveys. (Informational novelty. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763660963
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 212,203
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Adams is a TV producer with fifteen years of program-making experience, specializing in science and history documentaries for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, and Channel 4. He is a member of the Association of British Science Writers. His first children’s book was, Feel the Force! was the opening title in the Super Science series.

Thomas Flintham studied illustration at the Camberwell College of Art. The Super Science series is Thomas’s first nonfiction project, where his funky, cartoony illustrations bring the subjects to life. He lives in London.

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