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The Shocking World of Electricity with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science) Paperback – January 1, 2007

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Winner of the 2008 Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books --Learning Magazine, September 2007

Max Axiom is a super cool science teacher who explains and demonstrates science so that others can learn about electricity. This engaging action-packed nonfiction presented in graphic narrative format resembles a cartoon. The voice bubbles of Max Axiom relate factual information told by Max as he travels from place to place, making observations about electricity and its impact on daily life. The text in this fascinating book contains short, direct sentences, and the vocabulary is controlled yet precise. There are four separate sections or chapters containing important information, such as how energy is converted to electricity and how power is at our fingertips. At the back of the book are an index, a glossary, a listing of suggested Internet sites, and a brief bio about the superhero of the book, Max Axiom. Rich with detailed accurate information and presented in a reader-friendly way, children who like superheroes and science, will enjoy reading this cartoonlike book over and over again to learn all about electricity. --Children's 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: http://www.azteca-productions.com. 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 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Graphic Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736878882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736878883
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 7 yr old son and I loved reading this "comic book." I think it would be great for older children as well. My son is into atoms, molecules, black holes, etc. so he is predisposed to liking anything science related, but I think this would be a great introduction for kids that haven't gotten the science bug yet. The concepts are introduced in an intelligent, yet still accessible way that holds interest. We bought quite a few of the Max Axiom books and plan to get more!
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These are the perfect books for reluctant readers. My son struggled to meet his non-fiction reading quotas at school until we found Max Axiom. Not only is the science explained in an easy to understand manner, these books are fun to read. For visual learners, the graphics are an added bonus. Highly recommend.
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I purchased the entire series of these books for my first grader son after he found one at the local library. They are an easy to read graphic novel format with the same look as superhero comics. Using bright colors, action scenes and simple language they explain some basic scientific concepts in a way that children can not only understand but enjoy. As I hoped they got my son interested in knowing more about the topics. Definitely worth the money and fun to read even for adults unfamiliar with the topics themselves.
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By white on December 5, 2010
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Fabulous! My son, who is 6, loved "magic school bus" books and when we found this series it was an instant success! This book really fascinated him since he has had a curiosity with circuts lately. The comic book style and real facts was prefect for my young learner. We read them over and over. We will be buying more soon!
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