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Scien-trickery : riddles in science
Lewis, J. Patrick.
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Orlando : Silver Whistle, [2004]

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32 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A collection of poems that describe people, places, and things associated with science, including oxygen, the ocean, and germs.
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The Arithme-Tickle duo is back--this time tackling science--with riddle-rhymes about everything from dinosaurs to gravity. The illustrations incorporate clues about the riddles, and the answers themselves are subtly included for anyone who needs a little extra help.

J. Patrick Lewis's clever word puzzles and bestselling illustrator Frank Remkiewicz's engaging illustrations harmonize perfectly in a fun, informative book that will inspire even reluctant young scientists to explore the world around them.

Endnotes expand on Albert Einstein, the solar system, and other fascinating scientific topics.

Author Notes

J. Patrick Lewis was born on May 5, 1942. He is a poet and prose writer who is known for his children's poems. He worked as a professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. He is the author of 90 children's books including: BoshBlobberBosh, Please Bury Me in the Library, A Hippopotamusn't, First Dog, Spot the Plot, The House, and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. In 2014, his title Voices from the March on Washington, made the Hot Civil Rights Titles List.

He has received many awards from the American Library Association, The Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Claudia Lewis Award from The Bank Street School and others. He also received the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He was also named the third, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate for 2011-2013 by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-4. Lewis, author of Arithme-Tickle (2002), offers a new collection of 18 riddles in verse, all inspired by science. Remkiewicz adds energetic art with zippy colors and accessible wit. The large, colorful illustrations often suggest the riddles' answers. Indeed, some of the verses would be difficult to solve without the visual hints. The rhyme I begin with N-E, / and I'm one of nine / I end with N-E, / and I'm eighth in line becomes meaningful when accompanied by a picture of children, a dog, and a cat costumed as the nine planets. Most of the pictures give good, accurate clues to what is going on in the text. A few of the rhymes require real thought and a little knowledge to solve, but many are easy. Though mostly for fun, this attractive book has a place in classrooms where the study of science involves imagination and deduction as well as rote learning. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Silly rhymes in Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, a companion to Arithme-Tickle, offer basic scientific knowledge for curious readers in poems that are both educational and entertaining. For "A Threat of Sweat," Lewis writes, "Whenever you visit Miami/ What is it that makes you so clammy?" The upside-down answer: "Humidity." (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-These amusing rhyming-verse riddles touch on a variety of science topics and concepts. The jokes are lively, entertaining, and moderately challenging, with answers provided on the bottoms of the pages. Lewis includes a page of notes for readers who are driven to find more information about the topics. The colorful and detailed cartoon illustrations call to mind the work of Michael Martchenko. The riddles are printed on what is designed to look like loose-leaf sheets that are then incorporated into the larger pictures. The text and illustrations reinforce the atmosphere of learning while having fun, and the book works well as a read-aloud and for independent reading.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.