Another Great Review for MICRO MANIA (by someone NOT related to me!)

I hope you (and the trillions of bacteria in your gut) all had a terrific Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to share some fantastic news about a review of my new kids science book MICRO MANIA, published by Imagine Publishing Inc. The following appeared last week on the “NSTA Recommends” Web site (those initials standing for National Science Teachers Association, not Never Skedaddle To Anchorage, as you might have guessed.)

Anyway, here’s the review…

Micro Mania

by Jordan D. Brown

Price at time of review: $19.95
80 pp.
Imagine Publishing, Inc.
Morganville, NJ
2009
ISBN: 9780982306420

Grade Level: 1-8

Reviewed by Daniel Kujawinski
adjunct professor

In his opening acknowledgements, author Jordan D. Brown thanks his editor “for always pushing me to make it ‘grosser.’“ He more than followed her advice. From explaining the nature of bacteria to the flatulence of whales, this extremely readable book will be appreciated by the typical middle school student as well as more mature readers.

Scientific vocabulary is used appropriately and in context. The roles of microbes in real-world environments such as kitchens, bathrooms, playgrounds, and pets are discussed, and practical applications are given. The photography is very good. Hands-on activities for extended, open-ended explorations are suggested with clear directions and safety considerations. I recommend this book for outside reading or as a reference text in a middle school library.

Depending on the student-teacher relationship, this book could also be used in a literacy program for reluctant readers. I would bet that after reading Micro Mania, colorful conversations over dinner, on trips, and at inopportune times would be generated with tidbits like “if a cockroach loses it head, it can survive for a week. Eventually it dies of thirst.”

Review posted on 11/24/2009

If you enjoyed the book, too, please feel free to post your review on Amazon’s web page.

In a couple weeks, I’m doing my first “Author Visit” for this book, at my children’s elementary school. I suspect I’ll be shaking a lot of hands… (to self) “Must not be a germaphobe… must not be a germaphobe…”

Have a great December!

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MICRO MANIA’s 1st Review (Buffalo News)

A few weeks ago, my mother sent a fascinating article from my hometown newspaper, THE BUFFALO NEWS, to my 8-year-old son, Finian. It was about THIS curious creature….

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A star-nosed mole (as I’m sure you knew, right?) Anyway, the article was written by Gerry Rising, whom I’ve known since I was a little boy growing up in Buffalo. Gerry was a colleague of my father’s at the University of Buffalo. One of Gerry’s many pursuits is writing a weekly nature column for the Buffalo News. I contacted Gerry to tell him how much Finian and I enjoyed his star-nosed mole piece — and happened to mention that I had a new kids science book coming out, MICRO MANIA. Gerry not only expressed interest in the book – but reviewed it in his column on Sunday, November 8.

Review of Micro Mania / Buffalo News / Nov 8 2009

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I was very pleased to read that Gerry liked it, and learned from it. I appreciated that he understood my goal was not only to tantalize with gross details and irreverent humor, but to educate children of all ages about “the little guys” with which we share the planet.

Any science enthusiasts who’d like to read more of Gerry nature columns (he’s written hundreds), should check out this archive.

“Nature Watch” Column Archive

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