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Curious McCarthy's Power of Observation

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Curious McCarthy, named after the famous scientist Marie Curie, has decided to become a scientist herself. Her first hypothesis: That her mischievous younger brother will get noticed before her proper oldest sister, Charlotte. Using footnotes filled with funny observations, Curious invites readers to read her observations about her first days at a new school with an old-fa ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Picture Window Books
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Schizanthus Nerd
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I love Curious McCarthy, the book and the person! I adored Curious before I read a word of this book. From the first glance of her on the cover I knew she was going to be my kind of girl.

Curie (Curious) McCarthy was named after Marie Curie, a famous scientist. She is the middle child in a family with seven children! She has three older sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) and three younger brothers (John Glenn, Benjamin and Edison). Her mother is a full time English professor and her father, a r
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Well, this sounded much more pleasant than it actually was. There were a few things I liked, but also a ton of things I didn't like.

So first up the things I did like:
-Our MC's name. She is called Curie, but people nickname her to Curious (because she is, yes, curious). I also like the other names of the sisters and brothers.
-The fact that our MC has such a clear view of what she wants to become, and also tries her best to do sci
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Curious McCarthy's Power of Observation is a clever, charming look at the life of a budding scientist. As a fifth grade teacher, I loved this book on many levels.

Children need experience with a variety of texts. The author found an effective way to incorporate definitions and explanations for some complex ideas by using footnotes. In addition to exposing children to content normally seen only in non-fiction text, and in a manner normally seen in high school and college level text, the footnotes
Elizabeth Raum
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treat to read a book about a large family of curious characters. The book's narrator Curious McCarthy, age 10, wants to be a scientist when she grows up. In this book, she focuses on the power of observation using her own family to develop various hypotheses (something she explains in a footnote). Young readers will enjoy the humor as Curious interacts with her teacher and family. They'll also understand her struggle as a middle child at home and the new girl at school.
The clever use o
Elizabeth N. | ThePennilessBooknerd
Curious McCarthy goes to Hilltop Elementary School, Which isn't even on
Top of a hill. She has "been a scientist for exactly six days, nineteen hours, and thirteen minutes"
Curious named after Marie Curie has 6 Siblings. she being the middle child of a large family knows that it's easier to blend in than stand out. That helps her on most of her observations around the house. But when Charlotte, her oldest sister, wants her to tattle on John Glen, their Younger brother, Curious isn't sure what to
Katherine King
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Curious McCarthy is a fourth grader who has the dream of becoming a scientist. After all, she is named after a famous scientist named Marie Curie! Curious comes from a big family—she has 6 siblings, and everyone is very different from one another. Her mom and her sisters are very good readers, and her dad is an engineer. But Curious does not quite fit in with those types of interest. She does not want to be a teacher, she does not want to be a doctor, and she does not want to be a chef.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Curious McCarthy, the middle child of seven, has decided to become a scientist. Using her observation skills, she creates and tests hypotheses based on her family’s activities. She watches in wonder as her brother hides food he doesn’t want in a drawer in the kitchen table, and ponders how long it will take for bacteria to grow. Curious is also engaged in a mini-battle of wits (or wills?) with her new teacher.

This is an interesting story, filled with scientific facts and information (what is a h
Curie “Curious” McCarthy wants to be a scientist and decides to observe her family, make hypotheses, and set experiments. There is a lot to observe in her kooky family, with three older sisters and three younger brothers, and her new school with a germ-a-phobe teacher.

I like all of the sciencey parts, especially the footnotes, but I wish this story had a better ending. It just kind of fizzled out IMO.
Curious, the nick name of Curie McCarthy, wants to be a scientist, after her name sake, Marie Curie, and so she decides she is going to observer everything around her, including her six brothers and sisters and mother and father.

It is a cute enough book, well told in her voice, with lots of footnotes, because apparently that is something else that scientist like, is footnotes. The footnotes should be read, because they deliver good and valuable information, which ads to the story, or ads to you
T.J. Burns
Fun, entertaining read! Interesting characters. Curious is an appealing narrator and a fantastic observer! It was fun to follow Curious's observations of her school day, family life, surroundings, and daily life. My 10-year-old daughter and I are looking forward to hearing more from and learning more about Curious McCarthy!

I received a copy of this book from Capstone via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Neha Thakkar
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, very “reader”-esque. Incorporates scientific method, but better out there.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My students and I adored this book! The illustrations were so colorful and they loved being introduced to the family through pictures at the beginning of the book. This was great when we were learning about the characters and we could flip back and forth to see more about them. The story was engaging and the perfect length as a read aloud. The footnotes were humorous and I loved that it introduced footnotes as a concept, because they will be somewhat familiar as the children continue their learn ...more
Note: I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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