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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Is the Earth really getting hotter, and is that so bad?” “Why do we walk on two legs (instead of four)?” Conservation, evolution, technology, animal life, space travel, physics, and much more are discussed in this lively science book. The writer worked at the London Science Museum, and the chatty questions and answers read like an informal guided tour for kids, with text that is compelling, never intimidating, and sometimes deliberately outrageous. Starting with the book’s title, the open talk about yucky bodily functions will grab even reluctant readers (“Do rabbits fart? Why?” “What are scabs for, and is it OK to pick them?”). Children will have fun browsing the spacious pages and sharing what they read with adults, who can join in the explanations about complex stuff, including time travel and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Grades 3-6. --Hazel Rochman

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“Students will find this a fun book to browse independently or share with friends. An excellent choice for reluctant readers in search of entertaining, informative nonfiction.” —School Library Journal

“Parents who slugged through science back in the day might want to take a peek, and science teachers confronting the lost, the confused, or the disengaged should welcome this as a lively back-up plan.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This will be devoured by even the most reluctant readers or scientists.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Reluctant readers will find both format and subject appealing. Public libraries and media centers should acquire multiple copies, if possible, to meet certain demand.” —VOYA

“Children will have fun browsing the spacious pages and sharing what they read with adults, who can join in the explanations about complex stuff, including time travel and Einstein’s theory of relativity.” —Booklist


More About the Author

Glenn Murphy is a bestselling author of popular science books and articles for kids, teenagers and adults.

In 2003, Glenn received his Masters in Science Communication from London's Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. He wrote his first popular science book, Why Is Snot Green? in the summer or 2006, whilst managing the Explainer team at the Science Museum, London. Since then, he has written more than 25 popular science titles, on subjects ranging from astronomy and anatomy to ecology and zoology.

In June 2007, he moved to the United States. He now lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Heather and two cats of unusual size.

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It is an interesting and funny book.
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Once the author opened his topics, he tracked down all the related juicy stuff I wish I'd been creative enough to ask when I was a kid.
Janet Williams
Targeted towards the interests of young scientists, this book allows children to learn about science in a entertaining way.
H. Hall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Hall on July 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Why is Snot Green" is great book because it makes science fun. This book allows the reader (both young and old) to learn without the monotony of a typical science book. Targeted towards the interests of young scientists, this book allows children to learn about science in a entertaining way. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about science without the drudgery of a traditional text book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Williams on February 6, 2009
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This book was fun, fact-filled, and a real delight to read, even for me. Once the author opened his topics, he tracked down all the related juicy stuff I wish I'd been creative enough to ask when I was a kid. Silly -- but TOTALLY smart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell VINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
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I had some fun with two fifth grades classes today reading, and have students attempt to answer some of the questions posed, in this book. It certainly got everyone's attention and they were very surprised (and a bit grossed out, but in a GOOD way) with the answers. The books in written Q & A format and the responses are conversational and chatty.

Basic questions such as, "Why is the sky blue?" and "What are sneezes for, anyway?" along with, "Where did the Moon come from?" to "Will computers ever be smarter than people?" are among the numerous queries posed and will keep those certain kids that love to ask "those" questions busy reading. There are lists sprinkled throughout the book. One such list called, "Top 10 Killer Animals" kept my students guessing because of the surprising answers. This book is good to read as a group, or for individual reading.

There are also plenty of nasty/gross questions along with even more delightfully disgusting answers. They liked it, so I like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ignacio Gil Huguet on July 22, 2008
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The book is really funny. Encourages kids to ask, and digg into science. Glenn Murphy is the man!
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By Andre on September 11, 2013
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Wish I could write something more educated than " my 11 year old really loved the book".. but she did.. I did read some of it, to me it appears to be written in a highly informative yet entertaining manner that I'm guessing kids would love- my daughter certainly did .
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