The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School (Paula Wiseman Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings

"Our narrator needs a science project and after searching all night she finds a sure-fire winner: Professor Swami's Super Slime. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned when the slime is a little more vigorous than anticipated. Sierra's rhyming text scans well throughout, although a few lines might take some practice to get the cadence just right and the text arrangements never get tired with changes in font size and color to emphasize exclamations and tilted lines that fit the off-kilter story. The illustrations, by Stephen Gammell are done in watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel and the technicolor slime monster almost leaps off the page. The crazy, fuzzy hair that sprouts every which way on the characters' heads also adds to the fun. This would make a great silly read aloud and would work particularly well to kick-off a science fair unit." said.

"The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School is the perfect book for kids who like to be grossed out and a little scared. The slime is ALIVE. The depiction of it bursting from its package and devouring a cat is vivid. As it plunders through the protagonist’s house, school and town, it grows bigger and more dangerous looking with each turn of the page. The appearance of mouths, arms and hands within the slime make it the true main character of the story and ratchets up the scare factor. The entire cast of characters, are even slightly creepy looking in this book. The mad scientist hair the protagonist is sporting is in perfect harmony with the plot. Reader's may be consoled by the fact that sugar, a substance most kids have access to, defeats the monster. Some may be upset that getting rid of the slime will cost them their snacks." said.

"In this rhyming book, students are preparing for their science projects at school. Everyone is sure of what they want to do for their project except one third grade girl. She starts to feel anxious as the science fair day draws closer. She goes online and looks for something cool, and she lands on a website that promises to be the best science project ever. She excitedly orders it and gets delivered a box of goop with a caution letter, which she ignores. The goop goes out of control and starts to eat everything and everyone and get bigger and bigger! This would be a good book to read aloud before a science lesson. The theme of the lesson could be to read and follow the instructions like good scientists do.

Lexile Level: 690L
Grade level equivalent: 4.3
Interest Level: 2-4
Genre: Science Fiction, humor
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"The humorous children’s version of “The Blob”, Sierra’s story uses cleaver rhymes to warn children of what could happen if you cheat on your science fair project. The whole story has a gloopy style that almost foreshadows the terrifying event to come. The terrifying event to come: One of Miss Fidget’s third grade students makes the mistake of ordering her science project online. “Super Slime” may look like a harmless substance to the untrained eye, but when our little science-swindler doesn’t follow directions on the box the slime begins to eat everyone in sight! It’s slorping, sputtering, and splattering, bloated, bubbling, and bulging formless shape makes its way to the school where our cheater must defeat the slime. Each illustration floats in space on its page, jutting out at harsh angles and smeared with watery, vibrant colors. The slime is a rainbow splatter that drips and oozes and grows with each delicious victim. " said.

" Wonderful colors and creative writing. It is definitely one for 2nd and up based on some of the words and content mentioned. Great book! " said.

" This would be a good book for a elementary school read aloud. I like the rhyming and the cute story. " said.

" Mutant slime just has a sugar craving! Fun, rollicking story about mutant slime ingesting lots of people until its sweet tooth is catered to. " said.

" Judy Sierra's writing and Stephen Gammell's illustrations combine to make a very interesting book. A little girl can't decide what she will do for her science project so she sends off for some "super slime" that nearly destroys her family and the school. Hilarious! " said.

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