289. Aliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup

Aliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup. Illustrated by Aon (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Library, Monster Science series

Pages: 30
Ages: 8+
Finished: Dec. 30, 2011
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, science, chemistry, physics, graphic novel, non-fiction
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:
Have you ever wondered how birds fly, fish swim, or aliens fly through space?
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I am fond of this publisher.

This is a new series by the publisher combining monsters and science.  This book has a couple of aliens in their spaceship telling us about matter, then energy.  The information is quite detailed and is suitable for up to grade 9 and yet the book is entertaining enough for the much younger grade 3.  I absolutely love the artwork in this book and it is really what holds the title together.  The text is detailed and informative but can be dry and technical at times, especially if you are not particularly interested in the topic to begin with.  BUT the illustrations tell a humorous story behind the narrative as the aliens demonstrate the concepts and get into all sorts of mishaps, not to mention just plain scaring the wits out of people.  Humour and science go hand in hand in this book that would make a great classroom resource.


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