Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Science Verse

Science Verse

Fall 2004 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Lane Smith
ISBN: 0-670-91057-0
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
Antiestablishment men of genius, author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith have again struck a blow against formulaic education. They disrespectfully poke fun brilliant at poetry and science - simultaneously. In the illustrations, the round-eyed kid with glasses is zapped by his teacher, Mr. Newton (yes, the name is significant,) with the curse of "science verse" - finding the poetry of science in everything. Our small hero is swept through the book with ludicrously funny parodies of famous poems and rhymes such as, "Mary had a little worm..." Until now, the demise of the dinosaurs was unknown. Now, thanks to Jon Scieszka, we know that they were bored to extinction by teachers.

The entertaining abstract illustrations, help children relish the witty poems and delicious malice. Adults will recognize the parodies. There is something to offend everyone.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense in selecting books children love to read.


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