November 2011 Indie Next List
“The inquisitive young scientist in this picture book is part Eloise, part Ms. Frizzle. She tests each of her hypotheses -- such as that ketchup and snow are the only food groups a kid needs -- with pure scientific standards. Fantastic illustrations demonstrate the scientific method and show the reader what goes on behind the scenes, for example, when you try to send a bottle to the ocean by flushing it down the toilet. This book had me giggling at every page.”
— Neysa Jensen, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID
"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day," raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup—and nothing else—all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book's curious narrator. Here are 12 "hypotheses," as well as lists of "what you need," "what to do," and "what happened" that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).
Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter—the ingenious pair that brought you 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore—have outdone themselves in this brilliant and outrageously funny book.
About the Author
ELISSA SCHAPPELL is the author of the "Use Me," a contributing editor to "Vanity Fair," and a cofounder of "Tin House," JENNY OFFILL is the author of "Last Things" and teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College and Queens University. They are the coeditors of the anthology "The Friend Who Got Away,"
Nancy Carpenter is the prolific illustrator of Apples to Oregon", Abe Lincoln", and Fannie in the Kitchen", as well as several other titles published by Simon & Schuster. She also illustrated Sitti's Secrets", which won the Jane Addams Picture Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011:
"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day. Go ahead, break a few dishes in the washing machine, see the humor and enjoy this fine poke at every science fair that ever was."