What makes this book so great? For starters, it capitalizes on every child’s natural curiosity. We need more books that do that. Lots more.
Second, it’s LOL hilarious. Who can resist that?
But most important of all, I’ve never seen a book that so successfully introduces children to the scientific method. The entire text is presented as the steps of the scientific process. Here’s an example:
Question: Can a kid make it through the winter eating snow and ketchup?
Hypothesis: Ketchup and snow are the only food groups a kid needs.
What You Need: ketchup, snow
What to Do:
1. Make a snowball.
2. Dip in ketchup.
4. Repeat three times a day until spring.
What Happened: Stomachache, brain freeze, love of ketchup wavering.
Even on its own, the text is pretty darn funny, but the artwork by accomplished illustrator Nancy Carpenter really kicks it up a notch. And the endpapers are not to be missed. Seriously. That Nancy Carpenter is a genius.
I highly, highly, highly recommend this book. It should be a staple in every single elementary classroom and every library worldwide.