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Winner of the 2008 Teachers Choice Award for Childrens Books --Learning Magazine, September 2007

Did you know that planting one tree produces enough oxygen to support four people a year? This is just one of the facts the reader will learn. I think back to when I was in school and remember having good teachers, access to encyclopedias, libraries, and even doing my homework after being gently prodded by my parents. However, I certainly never had books like this one that takes a science concept such as photosynthesis, adding a super hero who can shrink to the size of an atom, mixes in excellent graphics and presents a scientific concept in a reader friendly way. This book is written in graphic format that is a favorite of mine! It makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. Red boxes with pertinent vocabulary words and meanings are included throughout the book. Vocabulary has been well selected and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a source for research. At the end of the book, the author includes several pages with more facts, a Glossary, Read More Section, Internet-sites and an Index. This book should be in all science classrooms, school libraries, and added to reference books at home. I do highly recommend this book. --Childrens Literature Comprehensive Database, January 2007

Solid science and decent graphic-novel style illustrations are the basis for the series.  In Forces and Motion, to represent motion, some of the illustrations are blurred which may be off-putting to some.  The More About section of each book sums up the topic.  Inset boxes address vocabulary, interesting facts, and famous people.  Web sites are accessed through FactHound.  The action and story line are easy-to-follow, even for those not raised on graphic novels.  These should be a welcome addition to a collection and will be enjoyed by students who like graphic formats, science, and ESOL and Special Education populations.  Bibliography. Glossary.  Index.  Recommended. --Library Media Connection; Vol. 26, No. 2; Page 88, October 2007

About the Author

Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Canada. He's lived in Toronto, Canada and is the author of several graphic novels, including the Max Finder Mystery series of you-solve-it comics. He's never met a pirate and not sure if he ever wants to. When he's not writing stories, he loves playing video games and going camping, but not at the same time.

Richard Dominguez was born Eufrancio Ricardo Dominguez on September 22,1960. His parents, Ricardo and Juanita, along with his four brothers and two sisters (Richard was second to the oldest), first made their home on Nomas Street in West Dallas. It has been rumored that in the Depression Era the infamous Bonnie and Clyde began their 'careers' in that part of Dallas. Richard's father worked at various odd jobs and provided for his family as best he could. Though far from rich, the family ate regularly. Richard's early years were brightened by samplings of children's book illustrators of the early 20th century. He was also influenced by British comic artist Roy Wilson (Funny Wonder,Tip Top & Jingles) and animated features (particularly Max Fleisher and Walt Disney cartoons.) Golden Age comic book artists such as Bob Kane, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, and Jack Cole and various EC/MAD Comics cartoonists from the 1950's and 60's were also a great inspiration. Dominguez' family relocated to the Love Field area of North Dallas where he continued his education. In high school Richard enrolled in Commerical Art and took it for the next three years until graduating in 1979. He later took Life Drawing classes at a community college before taking a job at a local supermarket chain to create and paint point-of-purchase displays. During the late 80's and early 90's, Richard worked as an intern for several art/design studios before venturing out on his own. Dominguez has been creating, illustrating and drawing ever since he can remember. He is believed to be the only Hispanic storyboard artist working in the Southwest region for the past 15 years. Some of Dominguez' past clients include: DIESTE,HARMEL & PARTNERS, BECKETT PUBLICATIONS, DIGITAS-NEW YORK, GRUPO SAMBA, ORNELAS & ASSOCIATES, PUBLICIS-SANCHEZ-LEVITAN, WILSON/GREY WORLDWIDE, SPANISH MARKETING and TRACY LOCKE PARTNERSHIP. All have experienced Dominguez' bold and dynamic style of art. In 1993, Dominguez received major media attention with his Hispanic comic book superhero, EL GATO NEGRO, which he not only created, but also wrote and illustrated. Richard calls the title "the Hispanic answer to Batman". Azteca Productions, Richard's publishing company, has published 4 issues of EL GATO NEGRO, which has a huge following of fans worldwide. For more information about EL GATO NEGRO and Dominguez' publishing company, AZTECA PRODUCTIONS go to: Richard Dominguez is in the process of going digital, using Adobe Photoshop and MetaCreation Painter to do all of his storyboards and layouts. He continues to study his craft, learning from new methods of painting. He is also influenced by the great Hispanic calender artists, Jesus Helguera and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena. The greats made it look easy, something that Dominguez is striving for in his own work as well. Richard is a former member of the Dallas Society of Illustrators and co-founder of the Professional Amigos of the Comic Arts Society (PACAS). He currently resides in the suburbs of Dallas with his lovely wife Olga, daughter Sarah (8 years old) and son, Piotr (3 years old). When Dominguez is not sitting in front of the drawing board, he is spending time with his family and working around his house. His hobby is collecting Minor League baseball caps.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: GN 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Graphic Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736878939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736878937
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Liam O'Donnell is the award-winning creator of over 35 books for young readers, including the "Max Finder Mystery" and "Graphic Guide Adventures" series of graphic novels. Recently, Liam tapped into his love of monsters and Minecraft to create two new series: "Tank & Fizz", troll-infested mysteries for younger readers and "Battle of the Blocks", fast-paced adventures for middle grade Minecraft fans.

He lives in Toronto, where he divides his time between the computer and the coffee maker. Visit him anytime at: or follow him on twitter @liamodonnell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ferrell on April 10, 2014
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My daughter needs something a little less "dry". We home school and she is highly-functioning autistic. The visuals are great but just not it's just not for her.
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By Philip Sheridan on July 21, 2013
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i've always wondered how photosynthesis works, but was never very good understanding chemistry. but now i know! now i understand it!
the book's colored drawings, its easy-to-comprehend text & a simple step-by-step explanation make this book a winner!
i'm anxious to look at others in the series.
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This book gives great information about photosynthesis. It provides highly scientific content in a very engaging manner for children. The students in my class did think Max Axiom appeared to be a bad guy, although he is not.
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My son has been able to very explain science techniques since reading these series and finds great joy in reading them. He's now eager to get involved in science projects without us having to fuss at him.
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