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Charlotte the scientist is squished
2017
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Camille Andros is the author of Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished, her picture book debut. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and six children. Visit her online at camilleandros.com and on Twitter @camdros. Brianne Farley is the illustrator of Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished, as well as two picture books she also wrote, Ike's Incredible Ink and Secret Tree Fort. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's , the New York Times , and elsewhere. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan. Visit her online at briannefarley.com, on Instagram @briannehfarley, and on Twitter @briannefarley.
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PreS-Gr 2-Young rabbit Charlotte considers herself a serious scientist, complete with a lab coat and goggles, a clipboard, and a healthy understanding of the scientific method. There's just one small detail holding her back: her large, rambunctious bunny family. Tired of being squished at the dinner table and finding her beloved beakers and test tubes accidentally broken, Charlotte hypothesizes, experiments, and observes her way to a solution: a carrot-shaped spaceship for one, of course. But when loneliness gets the best of her, it's "time for more experiments!" This picture book debut is a smart tale of familial frustrations and resulting ingenuity that's sure to resonate with makers and readers with their own share of pesky siblings. Farley's illustrations-done in charcoal, pencil, and ink on paper and colored digitally-are filled with humorous touches that invite repeat viewing (watch how Charlotte's bunny ears communicate her feelings). The use of pastel colors and black outlines adeptly mirrors the tone, light but not precious. Select pages include the appropriate step in the scientific method ("Step 2: Form a Hypothesis"), and cutaways to Charlotte's clipboard help to reinforce how the process works. An ending spread, "In the Lab with Charlotte," breaks down each step, with a reference to where it occurs in the story, making this title ideal for sharing one-on-one or with a small group. VERDICT Perfect for aspiring scientists and fans of Vera Brosgol's Leave Me Alone!-and a fine addition to picture book collections.-Della Farrell, School Library Journal © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
Charlotte is a serious scientist. She solves important problems by following the scientific method. She has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn't have is space. She has so many brothers and sisters (she is a rabbit, after all) that she is too squished to work on her experiments! Can she use science to solve her problem? This funny, satisfying story is a playful introduction to the scientific method and perfect for sparking an interest in STEM subjects.
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