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About the Author

BEN HILLMAN is an animator, a filmmaker, and an author/illustrator. He has illustrated a number of picture books (The Pesky Toaster, The Devil Ate My Blintzes), and his animation work can be seen in Spike Lee's She Hate Me.
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  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439918677
  • ASIN: B005DI97DA
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is such a hoot! The photos are hilarious and the text equally clever. Its large size makes it perfect for reading and showing to a group, but I got it just for our own use at home. Though it is described as being for ages 4-8, my son at age 10 is enjoying it. The humor is just right for pre-teens and just enough information is given to penetrate the fog and stay in a child's busy mind. I see from another review that this book is part of a series. After reading this one, I'll be certain to look into the rest of the books.
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First, a description of the book.

This book has 22 topics, each of which gets a two-page spread. About a page and a half of that is taken up by a large photo, with a sidebar on the right filled with text. Most of the photos are obviously Photoshopped, such as the sailfish swimming in a column of water down a traffic-filled freeway; a few of the photos are probably-but-less-obviously Photoshopped, like the cowboy whose whip frames an airplane jet. Most of the topics cover something that is known for its speed - the supersonic car, the fastest bike, the cheetah, and so on, but two are known for slowness (sloth and NASA Crawler). A few topics are focused around a comparison - computer speeds vs. brain speeds, coyote vs. roadrunner, horse (sprint) vs. human (endurance). About ten topics cover animals; six or so cover technologies; and a few cover natural phenomenon (like the speed of light).

The book is clearly meant to be both humorous and full of facts. Measurements are given in U.S./"English" units, followed by metric units in parentheses.

What I didn't like:

The humor was somewhat over-the-top and focused on puns, which is not my favorite form of humor. (Example: "And in 2004, a man in Wales beat more than forty horses and riders on a 22-mile (35.4 km) course. Humans? Slow? Neigh!"). A couple of the pictures were quite cheesy. (Example: horses and cowboys flying through the air all akimbo as the Kyoto maglev train speeds through.) However, since this book is meant for kids, and my kids all enjoy that sort of thing, this was a very minor quibble.

What I did like:

Overall, the book did a good job of engaging the reader's interest. (Both mine and my 9yo daughter's).
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This whole series is great. I read it to a classroom of 20+ kids for snacks and stories and they wanted me to keep reading, and reading. Left the whole series there for the kids to enjoy. One of my kids favorite books to read. Worth every penny.
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Ben Hillman presents science with a great mixture of humor and marvel. My eight year old enjoys all the Hillman books. We want more and hope the author continues to make science learning fun! If only we can make all text books this enjoyable.
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Several of our grandchildren love this entire series. The pictures surprise them and help them remember what they have learned.
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