Weird Jobs

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Sniffing armpits. Scuba diving for golf balls. Building secret passageways. For some lucky people, these strange tasks are all in a day's work. Want to learn about the men and women who destroy old buildings or make movie sound effects? Discover a range of weird jobs from around the world!

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Overview

Sniffing armpits. Scuba diving for golf balls. Building secret passageways. For some lucky people, these strange tasks are all in a day's work. Want to learn about the men and women who destroy old buildings or make movie sound effects? Discover a range of weird jobs from around the world!

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Thirteen unusual occupations are described, each on a two-page spread. Arctic architects build ice hotels for tourists in Sweden. Secret passageway designers create hidden spaces in buildings. Odor testers inhale fumes to make sure that stench-fighting products, such as mouthwash, deodorant, and air fresheners actually work. Live-brain artists draw pictures of body organs during surgeries. Golf ball retrievers don wet suits and plunge into lakes and ponds to retrieve lost balls. Orbital debris scientists monitor trash traveling in space and run calculations to avoid crashes. Professional mermaids wear fish tales and swim or pose for pictures under water. Manure inspectors wade through a lot of poop to check for harmful germs. The breezy, brief text provides basic information. Sometimes, the authors mention the name of a person with the designated job. A combination of colorful photographs and cartoon images contribute to the meaning. Includes a table of contents, a glossary, a bibliography, a list of suggested websites, and an index. Part of the "No Way!" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761389835
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author of some three dozen books for children of all ages (and even more for grown-ups!), including The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Famiy's Farm (which he both wrote and illustrated with some 400 photographs); A Drive in the Country; Don't Shoot!; A School for Pompey Walker; and Elijah's Angel. For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, Michael has been engaged with young children, their parents, and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, he frequently travels to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing his stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

As a talented editor and illustrator, Michael has enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program he began in 1990.

For the last four years, working with the Ohio Children's Foundation, Michael created a early literacy activity book, particularly designed for kids who are likely to start school without knowing the alphabet: You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grown-ups.

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