Monster Science by Helaine Becker Online

Monster Science
Title : Monster Science
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ISBN : 9781771380546
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 96

"In a completely original approach to exploring science, award-winning author Helaine Becker places six different kinds of monsters --- Frankenstein, vampires, bigfoot, zombies, werewolves and sea monsters --- under her microscope to expose the proven scientific principles behind the legends."--


Monster Science Reviews

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    3.5 starsThis little book is the perfect blend of science, mythology, history and everything monster-related. Using famous monsters as an excuse, Helaine Becker teaches children about the Enlightenment, DNA, blood diseases, genetic engineering and so much more. But she does that in a fun, entertaining way. The text is accessible to children, and we all know how kids get fascinated with monsters.My favorite chapter is the one about the vampires (of course). I'm deeply fascinated with them. And th [...]

  • Sandra

    This book was fantastic! Each chapter is dedicated to a different well known monster: Frankenstein, Vampire, Bigfoot, Zombie, Werewolf and Sea Monster, and for each of them the science, and also historic and cultural backgrounds, are analyzed in order to try to figure out if their existence could be possible. As an example, in Frankenstein's chapter (which is also my favorite) the reader will find the story of when Mary Shelly wrote the first draft of the novel, the Enlightenment as the backgrou [...]

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is a cleverly disguised book that teaches a lot of science to a wide audience. The author uses classic monster examples to cover a wide and fascinating range of real science, mostly relating to anatomy and biology. Kids will pick this book up for fun and the yuck factor and end up learning a lot of facts they certainly did not expect. The book is very divided into topics by monster. The monsters included are Frankenstein, Vampires, Bigfoot, Zombies, Werewolves, and Sea Monsters. If we look [...]

  • Bruce Gargoyle

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A high quality meeting of science and mythology in which everyone's favourite monsters are placed under the cold, hard microscope slide of fact. Kids can read up on the facts behind the myths to see if their favourite monster could exist in the real world.This is a beautifully presented tome featuring a topic that most kids love to read about (monsters, of course!), covering some pretty complex scientific princi [...]

  • Pop Bop

    Crazy Good, With Lots of Real ScienceI expected that this would be a silly yuch-fest with a couple of science facts tossed in for balance. Boy, was I wrong. The author uses classic monster examples to cover a wide and fascinating range of real science, mostly relating to anatomy and biology. If you took out all of the monster stuff you'de still have a decent middle grade biology book. Add the monsters, the monster history, and the funny-exaggerated illustrations and you have a book with wide app [...]

  • Laura

    Could Frankenstien's Monster be done today, and walk amongst us? Do vampires exist? What about Big Foot? These and more are covered in this great book for the middle school crowd, just about the right age to not only wonder about monsters, but to lap up the science in the book, which is presented with cool pictures, and little facts.And what about the above questions? Well, we do have organ transplants, as well as Face transplants, so while we cannot animate the dead, we can build people from pa [...]

  • Wunderdrugged

    This title is nominated for the 2018 Hackmatack Award in the non-fiction category.I really enjoyed this book A LOT more than I had anticipated! The title & cover are a great hook to get kids interested enough to pick it up, but all of the science inside will grab their attention and hopefully keep them reading. The idea of tying the six different types of monsters to the scientific principals and concepts was genius. The different sections make it an easy book to pick up and put down - good [...]

  • Magy

    Monster Science dives deeper into the history, experiments, and facts surrounding each chosen monster than you might expect. The book is divided into chapters by monster (Frankenstein, Vampires, Big Foot, Zombies, Werewolves, and Sea Monsters) with a quick quiz at the end of every chapter. Within the chapter the span of scientific topics covered is wide ranging and could be confusing for the younger end of the target audience (Grades 3-7). However, older students in that range and science lovers [...]

  • Amanda Sanders

    This book uses scientific facts to explain how monsters were created and how people could truly believe in and fear them. It also debunks monsters with science. For example, bacteria spreading diseases explain how zombies can contaminate each other. Hypothermia and cholera can make people look like zombies. But "if a zombie did walk the earth, it would slowly decompose into goo." Other monsters explained and debunked are: Frankenstein, vampires, bigfoot, werewolves and seamonsters. Each chapter [...]

  • Carolyn Woods

    This book gives extensive science information in a fun and compelling way. Each section opens with the story of a "monster" - think Frankenstein, zombies, werewolves. Then, the author goes through all the science that would be necessary to make the stories true. For instance, in the werewolf section, we learn about the various myths of werewolves, their abilities and characteristics, and how to stop them. Then the science comes in could a half wolf / half human hybrid really exist? How are chara [...]

  • Andrea Dillon

    I loved the concept of this. This book took something that most children (and a lot of adults) already like and linked it to science! I am a sucker for books that make science fun! I especially love that this book encouraged the students to look at each aspect skeptically and scientifically. The best part of this book is that it talked about EVOLUTION!!! YES! My only real complaint about this book is the lack of experiments or extension activities. I know that parents and teachers could find the [...]

  • Karen Arendt

    This is an engaging humorous book that will appeal to boys for sure but also anyone who has an interest in science. Plenty of details not just on the monsters but the science behind DNA, genetics, and the scientists themselves. The author also includes some fun interesting facts in history such as the people who murdered in history. There is also a quiz at the end of each animal (Frankenstein, Vampire, Big Foot, Zombie, Werewolf, and Sea Monster) to test your knowledge and see how close you are [...]

  • Julie

    If you're into mythical/ cryptic creatures than this is the perfect book for them! I enjoyed how this book included timelines, "monster facts", anecdotes, historical bits and even quizzes toward the end of each chapter. . I also enjoyed how certain topics branched off into other important topics such as GMOs, electricities effect on the body, etc. If you are looking for a fun way to get facts about Vampires, werewolves, frankenstein, big foot, zombies and sea monsters than this book is for you! [...]

  • Ronda

    For the right reader, this book will be wonderful. Is it a good fit for the squeamish? No, though the cartoon drawings and humorous anecdotes may keep that from being as much an issue. I suspect this book will be most popular among my "unexplained phenomena" and cryptid readers. It might even lead some readers toward research on some of the science presented as possible explanations.This review based on free ebook version provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Debbie Tanner

    This very interesting book about science uses monsters as a hook. Each chapter is about a different kind of monster (like Frankenstein or zombies). Each monster is explained in a folkloric as well as historical context and then tells about the science behind each one. It sounds like it might be dull, but it was pretty interesting! The text passages are short and there are a lot of graphical elements. I think a lot of kids will find this one fascinating.

  • Barbra

    Learn about the classic monsters known as Frankenstein, Vampire, Bigfoot, Zombie, Werewolf and Sea Monster. Find out about creature anatomy, origins, scientific possibilities, and follow up with a beastly quiz. Howling good illustrations and fun side bars make this a fun read for ages 8 to 12.

  • Ms. B

    The title says it all; this book is all about the science behind some of the most famous monsters. Could any of the following really exist?Frankenstein, vampires, Bigfoot, zombies, werewolves, or sea monstersThis book gives scientific facts that both defend and dispel the possibility.Fans of nonfiction, monsters or all things science will love this one.

  • Irene

    This is a brilliant read. Packed full of monsters like Frankenstein, Vampires and Bigfoot, it starts by giving a history as to where the myth or story of the creatures came from. It then continues with a modern day science look at them and explains whether or not they could exist or survive in the real world.A fantastic read for any budding ghost buster.

  • Jesse

    I love all the extra information regarding historical figures and/or works of art and literature that reference each of the beings. I wanted to share it all with others while I was reading!

  • Angie

    Tricks kids into learning about science!

  • KarnagesMistress

    I received this book for free through Giveaways.