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Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure: A Journey Through Physics

Newman, Ben (Illustrator)
Nobrow Press 2016. 64 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781909263604 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 530
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Motion, energy, light, sound, particles and quarks are just some of the wonders that are scientifically examined in this fun and fairly comprehensive book on basic physics. Conversational language breaks down concepts into caption-like nuggets across stylish, illustrated spreads that feature superhero Professor Astro Cat and trusty sidekick Astro Mouse.

“If there was no gravity on Earth then we would all float around, which would make it difficult to eat and drink and see our friends.” Real-life examples introduce physical laws and principles, making them easily comprehensible. A touch of humour makes them palatable. One image shows pyjama-clad Astro Cat and Astro Mouse, each pulling on the sleeve of a unicorn-logo jacket. As the dialogue bubble reads, “It’s MY turn to wear the super-cool jacket,” the text explains that “tension force is when something is being pulled apart, like the rope in a game of tug of war.”

Attractive and artful illustrations use simple forms and limited colour palettes to create comics-style layouts that are rich with mini-stories and suitable for reader browsing. Spread by spread, the content builds from explanations of the scientific method and measurements, through atoms, molecules, elements and transformation of matter, to real-life examples of physics in action, including discussions of energy, magnetism, sound, light and colour.

This appealing and useful book finishes with the fascinating worlds of quantum physics, dark matter and energy, the multiverse, and how math relates to physics and nature. A glossary-index supports the book’s research and reference purposes.

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    Professor Astro Cat can answer many questions about science. Make a class list of scientific questions that you wonder about. If your questions are answered while reading, check them off the list. Add any new wonderings.

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    Explore the various features (graphs, diagrams, glossary, etc.). Do the same with a non-fiction text such as How? Are there any features in How? that you would add to this book to make it more user-friendly?

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    Make fact cards with information you find interesting. Meet with other students to exchange and discuss your cards. Explain why you made those particular choices.

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    Choose one of the unanswered questions from the class list. Research the answer through teacher-selected resources. Create a fact page in the same style as the book.

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    Brainstorm and list questions you may have for Professor Astro Cat. As you find an answer, make a check mark beside the question.

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    Explore the features (graphs, diagrams, glossary, etc.) of this book. What additional features could be added to make it more user-friendly?

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    As you read, notice what you already know and what is new information for you.

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    Make fact cards with information you find interesting. Go around the class to present your new knowledge to each other.

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    Choose one of the unanswered questions from the class list. Research the answer through teacher-selected resources. Create a fact page in the same style as the book.

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