Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MONSTER SCIENCE: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World? by Helaine Becker.  Illus. by Phil McAndrew.  Tonawanda, NY:  Kids Can Press, 2016.  96p.  ISBN 978-177138-0546 hc. $18.95    Gr. 4-8    J NF 001.944

Let's talk about the legends behind the world's most famous monsters that have frightened people for hundreds of years.  This book covers the historical origins of classic monsters such as Frankenstein, Bigfoot, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and sea monsters, including "Monster Facts" about each one that ties modern science into the folklore that surrounds these scary creatures.  The Frankenstein chapter delves into electricity and how it affects the body.  Readers learn the "Story of Blood" in the vampire chapter.  Bigfoot, also called Sasquatch and the abominable snowman in different parts of the world inspires discussion on evolution and hoaxes.  The zombie chapter informs readers about diseases and the limits of the human body, while genetics dominates the werewolf chapter.  Finally, facts about sea monsters are closely tied to the depths of the ocean and habitat for unusual fish.  The illustration and book layout are perfect for reading several pages at a time, as there are headings and graphics on each page.  There's a summary and quiz at the end of each chapter to help readers retain these awesome facts about monsters.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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