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This is a non-fiction graphic title with no pretense at a story or plot. Scientist Max Axiom, who has super powers, welcomes us to his lab and starts telling us about chemical reactions. I've only had one year of chemistry myself and found the information to be quite detailed at that level. It is presented in a fun and thorough way through text and graphics. Max stays in his lab for the most part, but he also takes us over to a chemist friend of his for more information and then he jumps around ...more
Jan 21, 2011 Hilary rated it did not like it · review of another edition
The premise of this series is that students will pick up anything in a graphic novel format and read it. Max Axiom, super scientist, provides an overview of chemical reactions that includes well-chosen examples of chemical changes, interactions, and reactions, as well as matter, atoms, and molecules. The colorful, dynamic illustrations may hold the attention of hard-to-reach reluctant readers -- who will find the inclusion of a glossary beneficial. There is also an index and a list of sources (w ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Kristy rated it really liked it
Thank you Capstone Press for capturing the "Magic School Bus" model, and putting it into comics form. Capstone's "Max Axiom" series (and its social studies companion series, "Isabel Soto") tricks kids into learning nonfiction content with a graphic novel format. I am totally down with this, as a librarian to ELL students and low-level readers. These are great for students who need the content but don't have the literacy.