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The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
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Dec 31, 09

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Read in December, 2009

This hilarious, cautionary tale about a science project run amok opens with a 3rd grade girl who is morose about her inability to think of an interesting science fair idea that will measure up to her classmates’ ambitious plans (“The ants on Mary’s ant farm were growing corn and peas/And Kevin Fink was on the brink of curing a disease.”). Like many 21st century students, she turns to the Internet for a quick solution, but ends up getting much more than she bargained for. When Professor Swami’s Super Slime (“a science project guaranteed to win first prize”) arrives on her doorstep, the excited girl fails to read the warnings on the box and impulsively opens the lid. The mutant slime escapes, grows larger and larger, and manages to ingest a pet cat, a sister, a father, a teacher and numerous students in short order! Not to worry though – our young heroine finally remembers the directions. She gets the slime under control with a sugar fix and it finally disintegrates. The project doesn't win first prize, but happily everyone it ate emerges unscathed. The short, rhyming text in this book makes it ideal for a read-aloud and the whimsical, pastel-colored illustrations are engaging and fun. Children in grades 2-5 will delight in the images of the bubbling, colorful, out-of-control slime which evoke a tangible sense of goo and glop as they spatter across the pages. Even the words on the pages become increasingly disorganized as the slime expands and events spiral out of control. A wonderfully fun story which also teaches important lessons about reading directions and evaluating online sources carefully!
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