Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things
by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Jack Keely
Price, Stern, & Sloan, $10.99
Middle-grade nonfiction, science, Ages 8+
SYLVIA BRANZAI IS REALLY GROSS!
Fake Wound: Made with vaseline, food coloring and cocoa powder, directions found in Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things
I totally tricked my kids!
Those in the children's book industry know we have the coolest jobs ever! Where else can you get paid to dress up and apply fake wounds? I met Sylvia at my local library, where she demonstrated some absolutely disgusting--I mean incredibly fascinating stuff in her book. Seriously though, I left there once again chanting in my head,
"I love my job, I love my job..."
Sylvia is truly "green," and not just her snot. Sylvia Branzei lives "off the grid." That means her home is solar and generator powered and heated by wood.
According to Sylvia, "grossology" is the idea of teaching science through gross things. Grossology teaches about lots of things in new and fun ways, such as making your own "snot" and learning the "diarrhea song." (Gotta love it!) Other books in the series include AnimalGrossology, with uh, gross animal facts, Grossologyand You, and Hands-on Grossology. "The goal of grossology is not to be gross," Syliva writes, but to teach science. "Grossology was created by a science teacher (Me!). One day, as I sat clipping my toe nails, and idea struck me: Kids love gross stuff. That's it! I can teach them science using gross as a hook. And I'll call this new science--the science of gross things--grossology!" (From Hands on Grossology.)
Learning science while making fake poo, blood, snot, barf and dookie cookies, what can get better than that?