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The big science fair
Yaccarino, Dan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Two elementary students, one from Earth and one from the newly discovered planet, Meep, both compete in science fairs.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 66576.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Since landing on Meep, Blast Off Boy has met more than his fair share of out of this world hurdles, including Advanced Nuclear Calculus, Quantum Chemistry, and Galactic Gym class. What next? A supersonic science fair, that's what The clock's ticking, the project is just about due, and Blast Off Boy hasn't a clue what to do Meanwhile, on Earth, Blorp is in seventh heaven Science is his specialty, his love, his passion He's confident he'll create a truly unique, never-before-seen, groundbreaking contraption. When his highly anticipated project is finally unveiled, however, Blorp realizes even the most sophisticated scientific research can yield some unexpected results.

Author Notes

Artist and freelance illustrator Dan Yaccarino graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1987.

Yaccarino's work has appeared in periodicals such as Rolling Stone, Playboy and New York magazine. AT&T, Mount Gay Rum, Gardenburger and other companies have used his images and illustrations in their advertising.

In 1993, Yaccarino published his first children's book, Big Brother Mike, and has since written or illustrated almost twenty more children's books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In these two episodes in the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, earthling Johnny Smith swaps places with Blorp Glorp from planet Meep as part of the Galactic Space Exchange Program. "Yaccarino puts a fresh and funny spin on ordinary events like lunchtime and gym class," said PW in a starred review of Strange New Planet. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-This third book in the series continues the adventures of two interplanetary exchange students. Blast Off Boy, an average student, has been sent from Earth to a school on a distant planet and Blorp, a brilliant space alien, is sent to Earth. When each school announces the inevitable science fair, the responses are predictable and the results are surprising. Youngsters will recognize the teachers' introduction of the science fair as a way to develop new ideas, experiment, and have fun. (Yeah, right.) They will identify with Blast Off Boy's lack of inspiration and recognize the enthusiastic response of the genius Blorp. At the last minute, in desperation, Blast Off Boy combines two items from his lunch and submits his project, ready to settle for a D-minus. When a huge plant sprouts, he wins first prize. Blorp, who went to work immediately and would take no advice, rigs up a Rube Goldberg contraption that opens cans, unaware that a simple can opener already exists. The vocabulary is accessible but the sentence structure and the alternating voices may be challenging for newly independent readers. The interest level and the humor suggest an older audience and may even appeal to reluctant readers. The artist's now-familiar retro-style cartoon drawings will spark recognition in TV watchers and picture-book readers. Add Yaccarino's name to those of Dav Pilkey and Jon Scieszka when listing authors who have nailed the schoolroom scene.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.