Perfect Picture Book Friday/Science Verse

Yes I’m introducing another Jon Scieszka picture book. I was so happy to find it. And I have another for next week. Ahh, so good! As you know I’m never happier than reading picture books by Jon Scieszka. And this one is one from the famous team with Lane Smith.

Title: Science Verse

Written by: Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by: Lane Smith

Themes: Science, Poetry, Humor,

Published by: Viking, the Penguin Group, 2004, fiction

First two pages: “ON Wednesday in Science class, Mr. Newton says, “You know, if you listen closely enough, you can hear the poetry of science in everything.” I listen closely. On Thursday, I start hearing the poetry. In fact, I start hearing everything as a science poem. Mr. Newton has Zapped me with a curse of SCIENCE VERSE.” On the third page the poems start with: “Evolution-

Glory, glory, evolution.

 Darwin found us a solution.

 Your mama is that shape,

and your knuckles always scrape…

’Cause Grandpa was an ape.”

From the Jacket: HAVE you ever stopped to smell the roses? HAVE you ever paused to listen

Math Curse

Math Curse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to the poetry of science in everything? HERE’s the story of one kid who did. TOO BAD FOR HIM. It turned everything into science poetry. Roses are red. Violets are blue. The science Verse curse Will drive you nuts too. ONLY the creators of MATH CURSE could make science

and poetry so much fun.

Why I love it: Yes, It’s Jon Scieszka’s humor but its famous poems from the likes of Longfellow and Edgar Allen Poe made into a science parody that really turn me on. The little ditty above is just a taste. Jon turns body parts into gory soup with a poem off of Lewis Carroll that is sure to please the most boyish boy teaming with testosterone. He plays with the poem of Hiawatha turning it into the cellular structure. It’s just so darn clever. The book can even turn the most unscholarly nonacedemic student into one who appreciates poems and science and even history. 

Resources: I found all kinds of lesson plans and guides. There was even a Wikipedia entry.

Scieszka Visit-9947

Scieszka Visit-9947 (Photo credit: Skokie Public Library)  But here is the first lesson plan: For a whole pdf of things to do go here: on how to write your own poems to web searches of science and poems used in “Science Verse”. Not advertised elsewhere I found out the book won the ALA Notable Children’s Book Award 2005 and the Parent’s Choice Award Gold 2004 Non-Fiction. 

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29 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/Science Verse

  1. I’ve been meaning to buy this book for ages.

  2. You are the go-to girl for awesome Jon Scieszka books! This one sounds just as great as all the others. I love that he parodies famous poets and poems! And any book that makes science fun can only be good! Thanks so much for sharing this one Clar :)

    • clarbojahn says:

      As you know, I have a crush on Jon Scieszka and can’t get enough or him. I have one more book by him that I will introduce next week and then I’ll have to find another favorite author. I’m excited about it but will miss Jon. :)

  3. Jon Scieszka needs to know what a great fan he has in you! Awesome recommendation.

  4. Joanna says:

    Oh, wow, what a find, Clar. This sounds so artful, or maybe scienceful! Anyhow, brilliant and witty as Jon always is!

    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, and quirky. Sure to please those boys. I’m running it past my grandson when he gets here soon. (any minute) lol.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  5. He’s one of my favorite authors and I’m posting your link on myFB Fan Page. Great blog post as usual!

  6. Oh my goodness, I have to get this book. We have SO been enjoying Scieszka. Right now we have “Robot Zot” and “Kat’s Maps,” which is an early reader he wrote. I’m off to locate your latest recommendation.

  7. Miranda says:

    Will have to check it out. Robot Zot and Junkyard Dig are faves of my son. Thanks for sharing!

    • clarbojahn says:

      Oh! I’ve missed one? Thanks for letting me know about Junkyard Dig. Sounds great from the title and if my friend Jon wrote it, is sure to please. I did a review on Robot Zot last week and loved it, too.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  8. This is such an excellent choice Clar! Poetry science — I love the thought of looking for poetry in everything around us including science. We need more books like this in our PPB. I am going to have go buy this one.

    Do you think your book will be out before the end of May? I so want to give it to my granddaughter for her birthday May 31.

    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia. yes there is poetry all around us isn’t there?

      An e version is definite by the time my pub fixes the download problem and I’m sure the print book will be out by the end of May. It will also be coming out in Kindle and Nook versions by then. I hate to promise because we keep getting delays in the publishing but I’m ninety nine percent sure it will be out by then. Thanks for asking. :) And gifting it. :)

  9. I like all of Jon Scieszka’s books! They are so funny! I haven’t read this one yet, though. I’ll see if my local library has it.

    • clarbojahn says:

      OH! I hope so. You will love it. By the way, my grand son who is visiting loves the Captain Underpants series. He is reading them, now so I can do some computer catching up. :)

  10. Darshana says:

    I love it science, math with poetry. Never heard of these. Will definitely have to check it out.

  11. Hi there Clar, my fellow Scieszka and Smith follower! Haha. Fats has done a lovely review of Science Verse too when we had our Poetry theme last December. Did you know that they also have this picture book “Have you seen Art?” which is part of this series? I’ve read it while I was in the library, and it’s the only one that I don’t own. You should definitely check that one out as well. Squids will be Squids is a classic, couldn’t stop laughing with that one.

    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, MY. I haven’t heard of “Have you seen Art?” I’ll look for it next time I’m at the library. I don’t want to miss any of Jon Scieszka’s books. I thought Squids will be Squids was hillarious, too and recently posted about it.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  12. Margot Finke says:

    This is one of his I have not read. Thanks for the formal introduction, mate.
    I intend getting personal with this book.

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  13. Christie Wright Wild says:

    I really need this one and its companion book. I collect kid poetry books.

    • clarbojahn says:

      OH! this would be perfect for your collection. There is a whole page in the back devoted to the poems these are a parody of.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  14. Have to…have to…have to read this. As author and illustrator, this team always hits a home run with me. I just love the humor!

  15. Great choice, Clar…and absolutely wonderful resources and activities…much appreciated!

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