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Children's Book Reviews: Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real World?

Publish November 17, 2016

In her latest non-fiction book, Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real World?, Helaine Becker examines the actual science behind six legendary creatures. Frankenstein’s monster, vampires, Bigfoot, zombies, werewolves and sea monsters each take their turn in the spotlight, as Becker presents their creepy origin stories and then discusses their most well-known characteristics from a scientific perspective. With these classic monsters as a starting point, Becker shares information on topics ranging from electricity, hematology, and genetic engineering to parasites, hypnosis, and cryptozoology. Monster Science strikes just the right balance between spooky and skeptical, and young readers, especially those with a taste for creepy thrills, will enjoy the interesting combination of monsters and science. The book is bursting with fascinating information, with short blocks of simple text, interspersed with plenty of groan-worthy jokes, “Monster Facts”, and quizzes, prevent readers from being overwhelmed. Accompanied by Phil McAndrew’s hilariously gruesome illustrations, Becker’s Monster Science is an innovative and entertaining look at a topic rarely given this level of scientific analysis.

Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real World?

Helaine Becker
Illustration EN: Phil McAndrew
Kids Can Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-77138-054-6

Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier

Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the PEI Public Library Service. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.

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